Churchyard Working Group

The churchyard was constructed in a circular pattern in the early Christian era, like some others in the Chester area. Currently it is still an open churchyard. At the end of 2017 a new cremated remains area was made as there were few spaces left. A Faculty was granted for this.

A public footpath runs along the west boundary wall which is currently being monitored as there are some old and large yew trees growing alongside the structure, which may cause problems in the future.


Brown Hawker

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Wren singing
(Photo Credits: David Cummings)


Since November 2016 the maintenance of the churchyard has been done regularly by the Probation Service Community Payback team aided every month by a Churchyard Working Party of volunteers. A lunch of soup, bread and cheese is provided by one of the volunteers and is excellent for fellowship and morale. The success of this venture is evident by the praise given by people walking through the area or visiting graves. Dates for the working party can be found in the weekly news sheet, parish website, and on the notice boards.


Currently, we are re-wilding a  section of the churchyard.  Re-wilding is a process which aims to assist with restoring nature and increase the numbers of pollinators such as bees and butterflies etc. Re-wilding is a well recognised process and is being publicised extensively through horticultural organisations such as the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

 Further information about this topic can be found if you make your way over to the RHS website.  Read more

The value of re-wilding has been echoed in an enlightening article authored by Archdeacon Ian Bishop (with acknowledgement to Katy Purvis).  If you would like to learn about this then please feel free to follow this link. Bio Diversity

Achieving Net zero responsibly

Although this is primarily a sacred churchyard it is none-the-less still an area of natural beauty and like much of the surrounding  Cheshire countryside is a precious resource and is something which we need to protect.  According to the Climate Change Committee (UK Government established body) we cannot achieve net zero carbon emissions without rewilding.

Follow the link to understand about the work of the Climate Change Committee   Read more

However, this must also be balanced against the backdrop of measurable strategies using sustainable and workable planting schemes. The other thing of course is keeping  safety requirements in mind to keep those who use the churchyard regularly, safe from potential injury or harm from dangers such as uneven ground, broken up footpaths,  tree branches, or unstable grave stones.

New volunteers are always welcome, no experience necessary. Please contact Mike Lightfoot on 07787421357

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St James' Church

Pepper Street
Tel: 07487642912