A small team of dedicated gardeners have recently developed a series of gardens to enhance the beauty of the churchyard. There are several distinct areas of planting which include a conservation area planted with a variety of wild flowers and bulbs. St John's is delighted to play its part in the Menston in Bloom project which enhances the village.
There are special times of year when the churchyard is at its most striking eg carpets of snowdrops make for a magical experience in late January / February; and March to May when woodland plants and bulbs are colourful. A leaflet giving details of much of the planting is freely available from the welcome area at the back of church.
St John's has now held two very successful Open Gardens afternoons, May 2011 and April 2012. Good numbers of visitors came to view the colourful gardens, listen to the Chevin Handbell ringers and organ recitals in church and purchase refreshments and plants.
In April 2012, an additional highlight was the planting of an Amelanchier tree by the vicar in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Are you green fingered or young and energetic? If so, the churchyard maintenance team would be delighted to hear from you. Help is needed to cut the grass, rake up leaves in autumn, weed borders, care for the conservation area. Contact via the Parish Office.