Festival spirit is recognised
Award for dedicated gardening team
A DEDICATED team of gardeners who have looked after Ickenham St Giles’ churchyard for 25 years have received a thank you in the shape of the ‘Swakeleys Shield’.
The coveted award is made once every year to the individual, couple or team to whoever, in the opinion of the Ickenham Festival Committee, has shown ‘commitment to the spirit of the Ickenham Festival’.
It is now 30 years since the committee was first entrusted to make the award of the shield which is normally kept in a special showcase in Ickenham Library.
The Holy Mowers as they are affectionately called, are all volunteers who meet every Tuesday, regardless of the weather, to cut, strim, prune, plant and compost in and around the hundreds of graves which have been installed over the centuries.
The Mowers are mostly well beyond retirement age and derive satisfaction from working as a team to keep the pristine.
Their work is much appreciated by the public whether they are passing through or just come to enjoy this place of solitude.
The award was made by David Edington, chairman of the Festival team.
n COMMITMENT: Gardeners who have looked after the Ickenham St Giles churchyard for 25 years have been awarded the Swakeleys Shield