Holy Trinity, Prestwood has a large and well-loved churchyard. We are very grateful to Tony Marshall from Prestwood Nature who has done a very thorough survey of the fungi in our churchyard. He has been providing a fascinating weekly digest which you can find on the church's facebook page. Due to the amazing care over the years of our dedicated team of volunteers, with careful regular mowing and good management, our churchyard is now an important and valuable example of an increasingly rare grassland site. In fact, with 23 different varieties of waxcap mushrooms, we are designated as an internationally important waxcap grassland. Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers who help to manage the churchyard. We need more of you! If you would like to volunteer some time all equipment and trainig is provided. Please speak to the Rector.

From an ecological perspective, Holy Trinity Churchyard, Prestwood, represents a rare survival of the original acid grass heath that was prevalent on the extensive old Chiltern commons that were almost entirely destroyed when enclosed in the middle of the 19th century. Plants survive here that are no longer known anywhere else in the region. In addition, the combination of no fertilisers, regular mowing and removal of cuttings, has created the ideal conditions for what is known as a "waxcap grassland", where a special suite of fungi that are largely very rare can flourish - mostly waxcaps, but also "clubs" and pinkgills.

We are indebted to Tony Marshall for producing this very thorough and interesting report on the churchyard.

Download the Churchyard Report.

A fascinating article has been published in "British Wildlife Magazine" about out churchyard. Access it here.

The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Holy Trinity, Prestwood is a registered charity, no. 1129233.

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