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Excitingly All Saints Church graveyard in Hollingbourne has been named a Kent Wildlife Site but the Kent Wildlife Trust.

Already in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that surrounds most of the village the main interest of the site is the saxicolous lichen flora, with over 80 species present on the varied surfaces throughout the churchyard.

20 bryophyte species have also been recorded here, including three species of Orthotrichum and large quantities of silky wall feather-moss Homalothecium sericeum which thrive on the lime gravestones and churchyard walls. A number of wall ferns are present, including polypody Polypodium vulgare and wall-rue Asplenium ruta-muraria which adds further interest to the site.

The semi-improved neutral grassland is largely closely mown and species poor, with occasional ribwort plantain Plantago laceolata, common sorrel Rumex acetosa, yarrow Achillea millefolium Oxeye daisy Leucanthemum vulgare was recorded within the less intensively mown areas.

Rougher grass and scrub is present along the boundary, where species such as hedge woundwort Stachys sylvatica, common nettle Urtica dioica, Italian lords-and-ladies Arum italicum subsp. neglectum 1, herb-Robert Geranium robertianum, wood avens Geum urbanum, wall lettuce Mycelis muralis and stinking Iris foetidissiima occur. A number of trees border the boundary, where a number of common corticolous lichens are present.

Kent WildLife Trust