St Oswald’s Church at Newton under Roseberry has won the North & East Yorkshire’s Best Churchyard Competition for 2023.

The Competition is run by the Council for the Protection of Rural England and looks to how Churchyards are being cared for and managed, as well as all the community involvement.

There were three Churches on the shortlist; the CPRE judge said, “I did manage to visit all three Churchyards a number of times as seasonality is key...

“St Oswald’s, Newton under Roseberry, however just had the edge in the competition with all judges in agreement. Simply put, a classic country churchyard, exemplifying seasonality and community work.”

Vicar the Revd Canon Paul Peverell said, “Big thanks to John Stinson who has led this work, involving others in building bird boxes, sowing seeds, planting Trees, composting waste, knowing when not to cut the grass so we can spot the wildflowers and see the visiting birds.”

The award was presented in York on 25th November.