King’s College, Cambridge and Geldeston churchyard.
One of the oldest lawns in the East of England, mowed and manicured since the 1720s, was put down to wildflowers this summer …
Recently, the “meadow” at King’s was harvested the old way by a line of men with scythes cutting hay to feed the livestock.
Meanwhile, Geldeston churchyard is looking better and better (if you like to see real flowers growing there) thanks to the volunteers who have been cutting and raking it for the last few years. We shall need help again in late October / early November when the churchyard is cut for the last time this year.
St Francis said, “God has given us two books to read — the Bible and the Book of Nature.” In verse that we all half remember Dorothy Frances Gurney said something similar in 1913:
“The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth —
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.”
The photograph above shows the churchyard of St Margaret of Antioch, Cley-next-the-Sea in late summer
(photo, David North, Norfolk Wildlife Trust)