St Mary's Churchyard at Writhlington is situated at the bottom of a steep hill on the road connecting Writhlington to Braysdown. The church itself is now a private house, with some of the original churchyard retained as a garden - about two thirds of the area immediately around the building and to the right of the greenway lane running along the valley bottom to Radstock. The churchyard was closed by Order in Council in 2000.
There are two magnificent yew trees surrounding the entrance to the area on the left hand side, which have a bad reputation due to their effects when eaten by ruminants, but which are relatively harmless to dogs and/or humans.
Maintenance of grounds
Bereavement Service manage the grounds maintenance for the remaining third to the right of the greenway and the whole of the area to the left of it. Bath and North East Somerset inherited the maintenance from Wansdyke Council, which had been maintaining it for some years despite the fact that it was not then closed. It was closed by Order in Council in July 2000.
Bereavement Services staff are currently formulating individual management plans for all closed cemeteries and churchyards, which will take into account Bath and North East Somerset's commitment to biodiversity.
The maintenance regime in place at present is to cut all churchyards fortnightly (weather permitting). All pruning, hedge cutting, etc., is carried out as winter works after the grass cutting season has ended. However if you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact the main office.
The council's arboricultural office keeps the trees under a 3 yearly review and agrees minor works with the volunteers. All major tree works are carried out by the council's tree specialists
Bereavement Services carries out a 5 year rolling programme of memorial testing to ensure that memorials are preserved as well as possible. The council does not have the right to restore memorials, but it does have the responsibility to make the cemetery a reasonably safe place to visit which enables it to lay down any memorials in danger of falling. Safety in cemeteries has improved so much since such programmes were introduced, that now the main benefit from testing is to ensure that memorials are not left to rot until they fall smashing themselves, or neighbouring memorials, or both, in the process.
World War 1 war grave - Spr. Arthur Coward 34th Div. Signal Coy. Royal Engineers died 1918.
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