Wiveton- St Mary’s

About this churchyard

The church is situated on elevated ground on the lip of the Glaven valley and overlooking the flood plain towards Cley. The soil is light and sandy and probably alluvial in origin. There do not appear to be many calcareous elements and the flora is not naturally so diverse as would be expected on a more alkaline soil.

The churchyard has been managed for biodiversity since 2014, helping to encourage a range of species in this rare habitat of old, unimproved grassland.

Plant species such as Ox-eye Daisy, Creeping Cinquefoil, Bird’s-foot Trefoil, Meadow Cranesbill, Common Mallow, Perforate St. John’s-wort, Sorrel, Common Knapweed and Lady’s Bedstraw can be seen in the summer and Meadow Saxifrage and Cowslips in the spring. Grass species include Golden Oat-grass, Crested Dog’s-tail, Yorkshire Fog, Red Fescue and Meadow Oat-grass.

The grassland is allowed to grow long over the summer providing habitat for butterflies and other insects and in turn feeding opportunities for the Pipistrelle bat as well as other mammals and birds. Over much of the area the emphasis is on conserving the natural beauty rather than tidiness, including sharing it with a healthy population of Moles. Swifts, and occasionally Swallows, nest in the church.

The churchyard is cut and raked by local volunteers in mid-September and the cuttings removed to maintain a low nutrient habitat that discourages the greedy ‘thug’ species such as Cock’s-foot and False Oat-grass and encourages a wide diversity in other plant species.

A network of paths and open areas is regularly mown by a team of volunteers, giving easy access to all parts of the churchyard and beautiful views across the Glaven valley.

Key Features
  • Wildflower Area
  • Peaceful space for quiet reflection
  • Lovely lychgate
  • Lichen haven
  • Stones with stories
  • Fascinating monuments
  • Sundial
  • Good accessibility



The Green
Holt NR25 7TP
Visitor Information
Opening Times

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

Contact details

Please visit the church website.

Wildlife and conservation management:
Rachel and Robin Hamilton [email protected]


The churchyard is mostly level with a gravel path up to the church door from the gate and grass paths around the churchyard.


There is an accessible toilet in the church.

Parking & Transport

There is parking for about 4 outside the churchyard and a large car park a minute walk away across the green.

The bus stop 100yds from the church is serviced by the number 46 and 202 buses.


The Wiveton Bell pub is near the church or the Art Café is a 2 min drive in Glandford.

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