On Friday we were pleased to have sown our first yellow rattle seeds.

Yellow rattle helps suppress unwanted grass and encourages wild flowers to grow which, in turn, provides sustenance for our pollinators – crucial to the biodiversity in our environment.

I know what you are all thinking… will it look untidy? The honest answer is, for a short while, yes it may look a bit untidy. The ground has been scraped back to allow the seeds to take root. However, in the long term we will see some lovely bright yellow flowers an increase in other wild flowers. We will expect to see more butterflies and bees as a result.

Working with our Living Churchyards, this will be a managed project, initially in Calstock Churchyard. The area will be carefully monitored and looked after.

Thank you to all the volunteers who are helping with this initiative – we hope this is the start of many more projects across the parish.