Churchyard Action Group

Maps and information about the Churchyard for download:

St Mary’s Churchyard Information Panel 1

St Mary’s Churchyard Information Panel2

St Mary’s Churchyard Information Panel 3

St Mary’s Churchyard Information Panel 4


Film about Prestwich Clough:

The Artisan Naturalists on Vimeo (link)

This film celebrates the pioneering spirit of our forebears in researching the rich diversity of our local habitat.

The film, follows the story of several unique characters from the Georgian period who overcame the hardship of their working backgrounds to engage, record and report the botanical richness of their surroundings. Alongside the fascinating story of endeavour, the film has some stunning footage and time-lapse of Prestwich Church and Clough.


The Churchyard Action Group has been maintaining the grounds of St Mary’s since 2003 when a group of Prestwich residents became concerned about the overgrown state of the churchyard.

With the aid of a Conservation Management Plan funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Churchyard Action Group have been undertaking ongoing improvements to preserve and restore the heritage of the grounds, improving public safety whilst enhancing the landscape.

Several dangerous headstones have been repaired whilst a wooden fence rail has been erected along the boundary between the churchyard and Prestwich Clough and a hawthorn hedge has been planted. Over 7000 wild flowers and bulbs have also been planted , many footpaths have been resurfaced and benches have been installed. A new area for future burials has been prepared and the trees in Church Field have been thinned out in preparation for wild flower planting in the area.

For many years teams from Community Payback have continued to help with the maintenance of the churchyard. There are also Churchyard Action Days every second Saturday of the month and a small amount of essential work is undertaken every Tuesday morning.

The Churchyard Action Group is always in need of enthusiastic volunteers to assist with this work so any help would be very gratefully received.

Contact: Bill Cottam