The driveway up to the church is lined with large sweet chestnut trees, and in the spring the churchyard is covered with snowdrops. These are followed by a carpet of primroses that cover the ground between the gravestones, some of these stones date back to the 16th century. Before the advent of gravestones, the ground was used over and over again. When one paid a fee to have a tombstone to mark a grave, one did not purchase the freehold but merely compensated the vicar for loss of grass, the keep for his sheep. The churchyard is the Vicars freehold and it is still within the law for him/her to keep sheep in the churchyard or give permission for sheep to graze there, but not horses or cows. However in modern times the care of the churchyard is vested in the Parochial Church Council that is responsible for its upkeep.