Heavenly Gardens aspires to revitalise the medieval churchyards of Norwich to create an interconnected botanic garden for community use


Imagine Norwich’s ancient churchyards as a series of attractive gardens, full of people and activity


Existing and new groups of volunteers are central to achieving our aim of community involvement


32 medieval churches survive in Norwich city centre, which is more than anywhere else in northern Europe


Botanical themes illustrate the role of plants in the development of the city through the ages

We are an organisation of volunteers working towards realising the Heavenly Gardens vision - if you would like to help us, then please have a look at our guide to The Churchyards and find one that you would like to support.


Norwich's Heavenly Gardens is an evolving project, here you can keep up to date with our progress.
We are powered by volunteers - so why not join us?

Heavenly Gardens is currently focused on 14 of 32 churchyards in Norwich. As we attract more support and interest grows in our project we would like to roll our vision out to many more churches.

For now we are developing a series of guided visitor walks to help raise awareness of the wonderful medieval history of Norwich.

If this project is something that interests you, we urge you to get in touch to help fulfil the Heavenly Garden Vision.

  • 6 Active Gardens

    St Stephen, St George Tombland, St Simon & St Jude, St George Colegate, St Clement & St Peter Mancroft churchyards with independent volunteer groups

  • 8 Churchyards Under Improvement

    St Margaret, St Peter Hungate, All Saints, St Martin at Palace, St Peter Parmentergate, St Mary Coslany, St Michael at Plea & St Michael Coslany

  • 18 Churchyards Awaiting Improvement

    Churchyards without a resident group of volunteer gardeners

  • 6 Published Guided Walk Leaflets

    Available from City Bookshop in Davey Place, Norwich


Find out more about the people involved in this project
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George Ishmael

Project Manager
The wonderful Heavenly Gardens volunteers at St Peter Hungate churchyard


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Get in touch

If you are interested in helping to develop a Heavenly Garden or wish to be involved in this exciting project, then please get in touch