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

 

The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust has produced a pamphlet about churchyards which you can read by clicking here.

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The coming week...

Monday 27th March

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Prayers for a growing church (Corpus Christi Chapel, St Lawrence)

2.15 pm  Tiny Tots in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  Ringers' practice at St Lawrence

7.30 pm  CTAL Lent Course at Langleybury

8.00 pm  Preacher's Workshop in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

 

Tuesday 28th March

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

10.30 am  Home Communion at Margaret House

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  CTAL Lent Course at the Baptist Church

7.45 pm  Parochial Church Council meets in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

 

Wednesday 29th March

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

11.00 am  Quiet Reflection in the Corpus Christi Chapel, St Lawrence

1.00 pm  Tannerswood School visit to St Lawrence Church

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  MU Tour of St Albans Cathedral

7.45 pm  Choir practice in St Lawrence

8.00 pm  Bereavement Visitors meet at the Baptist Church

 

Thursday 30th March

8.15 am  Prayers for the local church and community in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

11.00 am  CTAL Lent Course in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

11.00 am  Bedmond School Service in Church of the Ascension, Bedmond

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

 

Friday 31st March

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

NO AHAL Coffee

2.00 pm  Craft & Conversation in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

NO Youth Choir practice until 21st April

 

Saturday 1st April

9.30 am  Churchyard Working Party at St Lawrence

 

Sunday 2nd April - The Fifth Sunday of Lent (Passion Sunday)

8.00 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

9.30 am  Parish Communion with Seekers and Creche in St Lawrence

11.00 am  Holy Communion at Church of the Ascension, Bedmond

12.30 pm  Sunday Lunch Club in St Lawrence hall

6.30 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  CTAL Lent Course in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

 

Monday 3rd April

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Prayers for a growing church in the Corpus Christi Chapel, St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.15 pm  Ringers' practice in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  CTAL Lent Course at St Paul's Vicarage, Langleybury

8.00 pm  Preacher's Workshop in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

 

Tuesday 4th April

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.15 am  Tuesday Coffee in the Breakspear Room, St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.30 pm  Lent Course at the Baptist Church

8.00 pm  Quiet Hour in the Corpus Christi Chapel, St Lawrence

 

Wednesday 5th April

9.30 am  Morning Prayer in St Lawrence

10.00 am  Coffee Morning in Church of the Ascension, Bedmond

10.15 am  Holy Communion in St Lawrence

10.45 am  Making Palm Crosses in St Lawrence hall

11.00 am  Quiet Reflection in the Corpus Christi Chapel, St Lawrence

5.15 pm  Evening Prayer in St Lawrence

7.45 pm  Choir practice in St Lawrence