Prestwood- Holy Trinity

About this churchyard

Holy Trinity Churchyard, Prestwood, is a rare survival of the original acid grass heath that was prevalent on the extensive old Chiltern commons that were almost entirely destroyed when enclosed in the middle of the 19th century.

Plants survive here that are no longer known anywhere else in the region. In addition, the combination of no fertilisers, regular mowing and removal of cuttings, has created the ideal conditions for what is known as a “waxcap grassland”, where a special suite of fungi that are largely very rare can flourish – mostly waxcaps, but also “clubs” and pinkgills.

The grass land at Holy Trinity is classified as grass-heath. Plant species associated with this include heathgrass, native heather, heath bedstraw, tormentil and heath speedwell.

Lichens and mosses feature strongly in this diverse churchyard.

Holy Trinity Churchyard Report

Holy Trinity Churchyard Management Plan

Key Features
  • Great for fungi
  • Wildflower Area
  • Peaceful space for quiet reflection
  • Lovely lychgate
  • Lichen haven
  • Good accessibility



Prestwood, Great Missenden
HP16 0HJ
Visitor Information
Opening Times

The churchyard is always open, the church building is open during the day.

Contact details

Please visit the church website.


The churchyard is a largely level site with surfaced paths right around the church and across the churchyard.


There is an accessible toilet in the church, and another adjoining the church hall.


There are two benches with a back and arm rest in the churchyard as well as a picnic table.  There is covered seating in the lychgate.

Parking & Transport

There is a large, surfaced car park in front of the church.

The 41 bus (Great Missenden to High Wycombe).


The Lime’s Tearoom is a three minute walk away at Hildreths Garden Centre.

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