Wildlife Sanctuary

For many years Pettistree churchyard has been managed to encourage the growth of wild flowers. Every spring there is a wonderful display of cowslips.

Photo of cowslips in the churchyard'Many of our churchyards have escaped the agricultural development and intensification that has caused a dramatic loss of semi-natural habitat seen elsewhere.' Copyright © Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

'The grassland found in churchyards is unlikely to have been fertilised or reseeded and is therefore often rich in wildflowers which are now so scarce elsewhere. Careful management of all or part of the churchyard to favour these wildflowers, offers a unique opportunity to safeguard this valuable habitat in a place where it can be enjoyed by parishioners and visitors alike.' Copyright © Suffolk Wildlife Trust.