Sharow – St John’s

About this churchyard

The management regime for the churchyard was drawn up in the early 1990s to enable wildlife, and especially wildflowers, to flourish. In the spring.   The grass is cut but between April and August only a narrow verge and limited walkways are cut. This enables a multitude of wild plants to flower and seed thus ensuring their continuance from year to year.

In June 2000 this area was awarded first prize in the Millennium Celebration Competition sponsored by Yorkshire Electricity and The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for a churchyard managed sympathetically for wildlife.

An oak display stand marks the event. Explore this area and enjoy its natural beauty but please keep to the cut paths so as not to disturb the flora or fauna.

Behind the boundary yew trees are box, cypress and holly whilst towards the extreme SE corner are oak, lime and hazel. The eastern boundary has a number of old lime tress and some holly. This conservation area stretches northwards as far as the church and the grave with iron railings.

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



Berrygate Ln
Ripon HG4 5BJ
Visitor Information
Opening Times

The churchyard is always open. For church opening hours please visit the church website.

Contact details

Please visit the church website.


There are surfaced paths leading slightly uphill from the road to the church entrance.  The entrance opposite the designated disabled parking bays avoids the steps.  Other paths around the churchyard are mown grass.


There is an accessible toilet and baby changing facilities in the church.


There is a bench in front of the church that overlooks the churchyard.

Parking & Transport

There is a large car park opposite the church.

The Berrygate Lane bus stop is a 2 min walk from the church entrance and is served by routes 23, 70, 150.  For more information visit .


There are a variety of places to eat in Rippon, a five minute drive away.

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