Whitton – St Mary’s
About This Churchyard
The Churchyard at Whitton is managed by a small team of volunteers. There are recorded some 200 different plant species including a spring a carpet of wild daffodils. 78 species of lichen have also been recorded in the churchyard.
The northerly meadow is a mass of wild daffodils in the spring, and is cut in late July for hay, and then regularly to maintain a tidy appearance.
The southerly meadows are cut from early July onwards and a small section close to the north wall of the church is cut in late August as it is the habitat of betony, devils bit scabious, barren strawberry, bitter vetch and bird’s foot trefoil.
The excellent flora reflects the sympathetic management which the churchyard receives. Although the grassland has a good deal of Yorkshire fog and frequent false oat-grass, it does contain many indicators of old unimproved grassland. These include crested dog’s-tail, yellow oat-grass, sweet vernal-grass, ladies bedstraw, sorrel, common knapweed and pignut.
- Wildflower areas
- Wildlife haven
- Stones with stories
- Fascinating monuments
- Churchyard ross
- Great for fungi
- Birders paradise
- Lichen haven
- Peaceful space for quiet reflection
St. Mary’s Church, Whitton, Ludlow SY8 3DB, UK
The churchyard is permanently open
The main access is via a set of steps from a sunken lane. There is a second access to the Church via a grass and rubble driveway to the north.
There is a small amount of roadside parking
The towns of Ludlow and Tenbury are approximately 15 mins drive away. Both have café options.
Castle Street Car Park (behind Ludlow Market), Ludlow, SY8 1AT (20 mins drive)
Male toilets, Female toilets, Urinal, Unisex Disabled toilets – Radar Key accessible, Baby Changing facilities
Opening Times: 7.00am – 7.00pm, 7 days a week
There is a charge of 20p for the use of these toilets.