The Parish of Abbots Langley

St Lawrence Churchyard

A LIVING CHURCHYARD

We want our churchyard to be a 'living churchyard'.  This doesn't mean that we just let it grow wild - each area is properly managed to encourage different flowers, butterflies, moths and birds.

Some areas of grass are not mown during the summer months - this has enabled a Pyramidal orchid Anacamptis pyramidalis and various wild flowers to grow for the last few years.  This also allows caterpillars that feed on the wildflowers and grasses time to pupate.  In this way we are trying to conserve and encourage as diverse a range of wildflowers as possible.

There are over one hundred species of wild flowers living here, not to mention grasses, trees, lichens, mosses, fungi and all the living creatures that depend on them.  This diversity of wildlife is possible because of the history of the churchyard - it has not been cultivated nor has it been sprayed with herbicides or fertilisers.  The church walls and headstones provide the conditions needed by slow-growing lichens, many of which are only found in churchyards in this part of the country.

It is not a nature reserve - we aim to achieve a balance between conserving wildlife and maintaining the churchyard as a fit setting for the church.  If you would like to help us maintain the churchyard, a working party meets regularly each month, usually on the 1st Saturday of the month, from 9.30 am onwards, with a break around 11.00 am for some refreshment.  The date of the next working party is usually advertised in the noticeboard alongside the footpath to the north of the church.

If you visit please look around and let us know if you see anything unusual or interesting.  We would also welcome any comments, questions or suggestions.

Please click on the appropriate word below to see lists of what has been seen in the churchyard.

 

PLANT NAMES

BIRDS

BUTTERFLIES

MOTHS

LICHENS

 

See the churchyards pamphlet produced by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

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Monday 22nd February

Church is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 4.30pm

Morning Prayer will be live streamed daily at 9.15am

1pm CTAL Lent Course via Zoom

8.00pm Bible Zoom session

 

Tuesday 23rd February

Church is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 4.30pm. 

Morning Prayer will be live streamed daily at 9.15 am  

1pm CTAL Lent Course via Zoom

7.30pm CTAL Lent Course via Zoom

8.00pm Mothers Union AGM via Zoom

 

Wednesday 24th February

Church is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 4.30pm

Morning prayer will be live streamed daily at 9.15am

10am CTAL Lent Course via Zoom

11.40am Funeral of Norman Linnet at West Herts Crematorium

7.30pm CTAL Lent Court via Zoom

 

Thursday 25th February

Church is open for private prayer between 9.30am to 4.30pm

Morning Prayer will be live streamed daily at 9.15am

 

 

Friday 26th February

Church is open for private prayer every day between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

Morning Prayer will be livestreamed daily at 9.15am

12.30pm Funeral of Charlotte Wilsthire at St Lawrence

6.15pm Youth Choir via Zoom

 

Saturday 27th February

 The church is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 4.30pm

Morning Prayer will be livestreamed daily at 9.15am

 

Sunday 28th February

9.30am Eucharist at St Lawrence (Open for Public Worship, it is essential you let the office know if you would like to attend.)

(Live Streamed via TheSundayService.org and Facebook)

Please note the church will be closed for private prayer during the broadcast of the 9.30am service