St George's Church, Benenden


St George's Benenden is joined with St Nicholas' Sandhurst

as a Benefice led by the Rector, Revd David Commander




The churchyard covers an area of about 3.2 hectares and is still used for burials. The main area is to the south and west of the church overlooking farmland.

The older part of the churchyard is managed by controlled cropping and has relict, unimproved neutral grassland with a variety of common grasses, herb species and bryophytes. The tombstones, however, support an excellent lichen and bryophyte flora including some very unusual species. Orthotrichum Ivella forms large buns on some calcareous tombstones; this moss is usually found on trees in the British Isles; although it is uncommon in Kent, it is certainly very rare on rock anywhere. Lichen flora includes Haerratomma ochroleucum, Ochrolechia pareela, four species of Physcia and the very uncommon Solenspora candicans. Over 70 lichen species and 27 bryophyte species were recorded recently.

For Churchyard Regulations please see Guidelines

Records (interactive web pages) of those buried in the Churchyard with interactive plan

Simple Churchyard plan

Paper documentation can be found in the Church, where you can buy the interactive CD


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