Grid Reference: TG 395 040
GPS Coordinates: 52.581047, 1.5345387
Access Parking: The churchyard of St. Botolph is located in the middle of the small hamlet of Limpenhoe, 1.5 km to the southeast of Southwood Church. There is a large grass car park to the east of the church.
Habitats: Lowland grassland.
Main Conservation Interest: Meadow flora.
Conservation Status: Included in the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Churchyard Conservation Scheme.
Management: In the care of Limpenhoe PCC, managed by BADCOG since 1992.
Description: The entire churchyard at Limpenhoe is managed as a conservation area, with the exception of the paths cut around the church, some of the tended graves and a long narrow strip at the edge of the large area adjacent to the main churchyard.
There are a range of meadow species scattered at the front and rear of the church building, including lady’s bedstraw, ox-eye daisy, field scabious, common knapweed and germander, with fine grasses such as yellow oat-grass and sweet vernal widespread. There are also small quantities of field woodrush close to the edge of the mown path, both on the front and at the side of the church. Present in 1993, the latest survey could find no evidence of burnet saxifrage or common calamint.
The richest area of the churchyard is to the rear, close to the church building, Here the sward is much more open and fine-textured, and species such as lady’s bedstraw are doing well. In much of the rest of the churchyard there are extensive areas dominated by course grasses and broad-leave species such as cow parley.
The main part of the churchyard (an area approximately 37 m x 12 m to the south of the church itself) is cut and cleared by BADCOG in the late summer, normally as a supplementary work party during the working week. This annual mowing regime has had a small impact on improving the area, allowing the more delicate wildflowers to flourish. A recent Churchyard Conservation Scheme survey now recommends mowing more frequently to improve the site further: in late March/early April, with blades set as high as possible; in late summer (late July/early August); and again in late September/earlyOctober.