Dawlish & District u3a Rewilding St Gregory’s churchyard

Dawlish & District u3a


30th December 2021

Dawlish & District u3a Rewilding St Gregory’s Churchyard

While most people were more focused on preparing for Christmas and keeping warm inside, intrepid Dawlish & District u3a members were hard at work on a project to clear and rewild the churchyard of St Gregory’s.  The u3a Natural History Group convener George Lipscomb and four volunteers worked with two members of the team from Teignbridge District Council for two days in December.  The Council is responsible for managing the churchyard alongside approximately 25 other ‘closed’ churchyards in the district – but without any specific funding allocated for the purpose.  It is perhaps no surprise that one of the consequences of this lack of funding is that these important features of our community are somewhat neglected.  As a result, the Dawlish & District u3a responded enthusiastically to the encouragement from TDC to work in partnership with them to manage and enhance this space.  The aim of this group of ecowarriors is to support this project for the long term to enhance biodiversity in our community.

If you would like to know more about this project and the other activities of the Natural History Group, and the many other opportunities offered by the Dawlish & District u3a, follow this link Natural History – Dawlish & District u3a or email

Photo credit: George Lipscomb

Dawlish & District u3a has over 160 members who meet monthly to listen to speakers on a diverse range of subjects, and to enjoy each other’s company.  In addition, about 20 interest groups meet throughout the month to pursue subjects as varied as Great Lives, Art Appreciation, French Conversation, Natural History, Wine Appreciation, Scrabble, Painting and Drawing, and Gardens & Gateaux.  To find out more, visit


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