The Best Kept Churchyard Competition
For the second year running St Nicholas Church has come second in the Essex Best Kept Church Yard Competition organised by the Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE)
The Churchyard is looked after by an energetic band of Volunteers, which includes members of the public, Princess’s Trust and the Community Pay Back.
The RCCE were particularly impressed with their efforts on conservation, which includes loggeries for insects, stone piles for slow worms, grass piles for snakes and other creatures. There are also bird nests, bug nests and feeding stations around the churchyard.
It has well cut areas, flower beds and rose gardens, herbaceous borders and a herb garden, while the rest of the three and half acre graveyard is left with just a couple of cuts a year to promote flower and wildlife habitats.
The church as most of you know sits proudly on top of the hill and can be seen from miles around and at the same time there are some great views from the church itself. Canary Wharf and other London land marks can be clearly seen on a good day.