St Mary’s Churchyard is cared for by St Neots Town Council and by the congregation of St Mary’s Church. It is a “closed” churchyard, which means that burials no longer occur here, although ashes may still be interred. Information on Interments and Floral Tributes can be found here.

The Churchyard is crossed by busy public footpaths, and there are benches for people to rest, reflect and enjoy the surroundings. It contains a wide variety of trees, shrubs, plants, mosses and lichens offering food and shelter to numerous birds and insects.


We’ve recently taken more steps to welcome a variety of plant and animal life:
  • Erecting bird nesting boxes
  • Planting hedges, fruit bushes and shrubs, using native species whenever possible
  • Allowing areas of grass to grow during the spring and summer for wild flowers to flourish
  • Leaving one corner largely undisturbed for nature to take its course
  • Providing piles of old branches for small animals
  • Minimising the use of chemicals
  • Establishing a “Quiet Area” of seating
  • Providing compost heaps
  • Providing a ‘bug hotel’ and a hedgehog box
Please enjoy this churchyard and the nature within it.

We are delighted that The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire have given us the bronze award of the Cambridgeshire Churchyard Conservation Award Scheme, and grateful for all those who’ve helped us achieve it. Click here to see what they had to say.

We welcome volunteers who’d like to take care of one of the flower beds in St Mary’s Churchyard. Click here to view the layout, then email us at with the area you’d like to help with.

We welcome any comments and feedback, please email us at

Details of the broader work of our Creation Care group can be found here.