The gardens

Church Copse

This area to the rear of St. Nicholas Church was cleared between 1999 and 2000, revealing the Knight family pet cemetery and the rear lychgate into the churchyard. Of particular interest in this area are the several large, important eighteenth-century lime trees and a yew tree, probably from the same period. The eastern edge of the copse is bordered by a dense line of damson which could be the remains of a hedge. Damson was widely used in the past as a hedge around orchards. Additional shrubs have been planted, and clearing and maintenance is ongoing.

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Chawton Church with the Church Copse

Chawton Church with the Church Copse in front of it

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