The Easter Garden

For those who weren’t able to see it, this photo is of the Easter garden at the foot of the yew tree in All Saints’ churchyard, Wootton Courtenay. Sunday’s fine weather saw a well-attended outdoor service in the churchyard, conducted by Bishop Brian Castle, who stressed the traditional Easter message of hope and regeneration, a particular need in the present troubled times.

Wootton Courtenay’s yew tree is thought to have been planted over seven hundred years ago at the time of another global pandemic, the Black Death. Clearly the villagers of the fourteenth century felt the need for a symbol of hope and regeneration then too.

Patrick Hoyte