Churchyards serve as vital pockets for wildlife. We are currently converting our churchyard into a conservation area to improve the various habitats for wildlife.
‘Conservation does not mean neglect and wilderness but sensitive careful management.’ Some areas of grass will be allowed to grow longer to encourage plants - for instance meadow clary – to flower and seed. We have nest boxes, a bug hotel and a compost bin, and are looking forward to welcoming more wildlife (and more human visitors!). We even have a pair of peregrine falcons showing an interest in the West Tower - watch this space for more information!
With the help of Wymondham Nature Group (WyNG) we are doing regular surveys to record the wildlife.
Our aim is not only to beautify our churchyard and make it a haven for wildlife for all to enjoy but to provide numerous activities for children and families.
Our new Medieval Herb Garden is well worth a visit. It’s on the south side of the church, overlooking the adjacent meadow with its views across the Tiffey Valley. The garden was designed for us by George Carter, one of the top herb garden designers in the country, as part of the recent development project. There are four raised beds, each devoted to a particular range of plants – Aromatic, Culinary, Medicinal and Industrial.
Wymondham itself is a flourishing market town with a good range of pubs, cafes and independent shops. For more information visit www.vsitwymondham.org.uk
Wymondham Abbey overlooks the central part of the Tiffey Valley. The river runs for five miles from its source near Hethel to where it joins the River Yare close to Barford. Years ago it was navigable, essential for bringing stone for building the Benedictine monastery.
Riverside walks are rewarding for the visitor but can be muddy in places. The valley is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Look out for water voles, great crested newts and kingfishers. There are nature reserves at Tolls Meadow near the town cemetery and also south of the A11 at Silfield. The Lizard area is a popular for walking and has a viewing tower, built in 2007 as part of the Tiffey Trails project, with views towards the Abbey and town
The Mid Norfolk Railway (voted Heritage Railway of the Year 2013) is a popular day out for heritage and railway enthusiasts. Visitors travel in style on steam or diesel locomotives between Dereham and Wymondham Abbey Halt, down the scenic line which passes through the heart of Norfolk. The railway has regular special events. Visit their website for full details.
Wymondham Heritage Museum is a small, independent museum. It is housed in the Bridewell, a building with its own fascinating history. It’s been, at various times through history, a prison, a police station and a courthouse. Regularly changing displays and rich local history make this museum a real gem. More details can be found on their website.