Holy Trinity, Prestwood has a large and well-loved churchyard. It is the final resting place for many villagers, and their friends and relatives spend time rememebring them and tending their graves. 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 also 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 training is provided. Please speak to the Rector.

This version of the Churchyard Management Plan was adopted by the PCC in May 2018. It sets out how we manage the churchyard, balancing the different needs and expectations of the many people who use the churchyard. In 2018 we committed over £4000 to churchyard management, and the value of volunteer labour is far in excess of that. If you would like to support us, either financially or with your time, please contact 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.

A Fitting Memorial for the People of Prestwood

The Ashes Garden Memorial

about carve2 400x400The area in the churchyard where ashes are interred is getting full. But we believe it is an essential part of our duty of care to the community that we keep Prestwood’s churchyard open.
We have an opportunity to create a Memorial that is a beautiful, permanent and fitting place for the ashes of our loved ones to be interred now and into the future.
We have commissioned Martin Cook to design a stone monument to record the names of those to be interred in the Ashes Garden.
MCMartin is a highly respected local stonemason. He comes from a family of carvers dating back to 1730. All of his work is individually designed and hand crafted using traditional tools.
Previous clients have included members of The Royal Family, some of the world’s leading architects and many well known celebrities. His commissions range from memorials to the carved lettering for The Reading Room of The British Museum.

The Design

Martin has designed a beautiful, decorative stone memorial that will wrap around a section of the perimeter of the ashes garden in the churchyard, set into the exisiting laurel hedge.
It will consist of seven panels of York stone. There will be three central panels which will consist of a 'Tree of life' relief carving with an engraved inscription. This carving reflects the cherry tree which is the central feature of the ashes garden.

"The Tree of Life stands in God's Paradise and I will give to anyone who conquers the right to eat from it"

These words, inscribed around the carving, are from the Book of Revelation 2:7, taken from The Bible for Everyone by John Goldingay and Tom Wright.

There will be four flanking stones (two on each side) on which the names and dates of those remembered will be inscribed.
Smaller, individual stones can be purchased by families who want their own permanent, family memorials. The stones can be extended around the perimeter of the circular ashes garden for many years to come.
The height of the central stone will be five feet, and carved from four inch thick York stone.
Ashes will be strewn into the ground in front of the memorial, and the turf replaced over the site of interment.
The cost of the memorial is £25,000.

Please see the downloads at the bottom of this page for more information about the design.

How you can Help

Please donate online, or use the gift aid form attached to our leaflet and send us your donation.

Sponsorship Options

We will be creating a special Memorial Book to commemorate and record the making and installation of the Ashes Garden Memorial.

Memorial Book. If you are able to give £250 or more your name and a dedication will be recorded in the Memorial Book if you desire, and you'll receive a copy of the Memorial Book.

Sponsor a Stone. If you are able to give £2,000 or more you can sponsor one of the central, carved stones. This option includes the cost of a name and years to be inscribed on the memorial when the time comes, and your name and a dedication will be recorded in the Memorial Book if you desire, and you'll receive a copy of the Memorial Book.

Couple Sponsorship. If you are able to give £2,500 or more then sponsorship is as for Sponsor a Stone, but includes two names and dates to be inscribed.

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This is a significant investment in the future of our churchyard, church and village. We believe this is the best way to ensure that ashes can continue to be interred at Holy Trinity into the future. The memorial will have a working life of a century with additional stones added to the perimeter.
CharlesCamThe church maintains the churchyard at no expense to the community. It is a major expense both financially and in time from the small army of volunteers who maintain it.
Any funds received in excess of the cost will be used to help maintain the churchyard.
Please contribute to this important, beautiful and permanent memorial. It means the people of Prestwood will be able to rest in peace in their churchyard in the future.

You can donate online right now. Please support our appeal.

Please support the Ashes Garden Memorial fud.

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

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