St Nicholas Church - Best Kept Churchyard
Peaceful, contemplative areas for visitors and for encouraging and interpreting wildlife in the churchyard.
St Nicholas Church has entered the Essex Best Kept Churchyard Competition for the past three years. The previous two years it came second, this year (2012) it hit the dizzy heights of coming first. The competition is run by the Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE) and is kindly sponsored by Lodge and Sons Builders Ltd (Stebbing) and for the first time this year, by the Essex Biodiversity Project, Essex Wildlife Trust.
This is what the RCCE had to say on their web site after the results had been announced: –
‘St Nicholas Church, Laindon was announced as the clear winner and particularly impressed the judges with the creation of peaceful, contemplative areas for visitors and for encouraging and interpreting wildlife in the churchyard. Managed mainly by volunteers using a Management Plan, the large churchyard commands a wonderful view across south Essex. The wildflower meadows and planted areas were very attractive to bees, insects and butterflies and provide safe havens for small invertebrates and wildlife to move across the area in search of food’.
A band of volunteers i.e. The Princess Trust, Community Payback volunteers, members of the church congregation and members of the public have helped to make the churchyard a peaceful and pleasant place.
In second place was St Stephens, Cold Norton and joint 3rd was St Mary & St Christopher, Panfield and St Nicholas Church, Kelvedon Hatch.
The aim is to win again next year.