The Churchyard around St Lawrence Church is large and old. Our churchyard covers 4.5 acres and is the largest open churchyard in Hertfordshire. We know of more than 1700 graves in the churchyard and are sure over the centuries many thousands of local people have been buried here. Our churchyard is a beautiful and restful place enjoyed by many in the local community. Over 200 trees are growing in the churchyard, ranging from very tall Corsican Pine trees to the short Irish Yews that border the main path through the churchyard. The churchyard is still in use for burials, and it is our hope that the peace of our churchyard will bring to the bereaved some comfort a sense of the peace which Christ brings to those who follow Him.
Who can be buried in the churchyard?
Anyone resident in the parish of St Lawrence may be buried in the churchyard if they wish to receive a Christian burial. Those whose families or relatives are buried in the churchyard may also be interred in family graves if space allows, even if they are not resident in the parish of St Lawrence.
Who pays for the maintenance of the Churchyard?
We receive each year a grant of about £600 from Bovingdon Parish Council for churchyard expenses, but apart from that we have no other sources of income: everything is paid for by St Lawrence church. We would be very glad to receive financial support from any and all who appreciate the beauty and tranquility of this beautiful part of Bovingdon. If you would like to make a donation send a cheque to The Vicarage, 10 Church Street, Bovingdon Herts HP3 0LU(made payable to St Lawrence Church).
What’s new in the Churchyard?
Our churchyard is one of the largest and prettiest in Hertfordshire and our vision is to make it into a place that may be enjoyed by all the people of the village. In 2015 the pathway around the churchyard was restored by a Bovingdon contractor, the surface has already weathered and blended well with our lovely Churchyard. More benches have been installed at strategic points. The benches were made by Prisoners at The Mount. There are plans for a second phase to extent the path and to place three sculptures in different materials, wood, metal and stone. The additional path and the location of the proposed new sculptures is shown on the plan below.
We have also been investigating the diversity of the wild flora and fauna in the churchyard. A number of areas in the Churchyard have been designated for management of the rich diversity of wild flowers and grasses. In areas of wild life conservation, the grass is being maintained for summer flowering and will be cut in the spring and after flowering in September. We hope that these designated areas will be interesting for finding rare species which are now only found in protected areas such as rural Churchyards.
If you have any questions about Phase 2 please contact the Vicar or Churchwardens.