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St Mary's Church, Burgate
|Population||162 (2001 census)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
Burgate is a village and civil parish in the Mid Suffolk district of Suffolk, England, about 5 miles (8 km) south-west of Diss in Norfolk. It has very friendly villagers with a lot of community spirit. They usually raise money for Burgate church by doing events such as plant sales and village meals. The church, dedicated to St Mary and dating from the 14th century, was restored in 1864 and is a grade II* listed building.
Burgate Wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest SSSI. Its 75 acres (300,000 m2) are particularly good example of the type of oak-hornbeam woodland characteristic of this part of north Suffolk. It is ancient, with a coppice-with-standards structure and continues to support entirely semi-natural stands. Many giant coppiced stools are present which indicate its great antiquity. The ground flora is diverse and includes several species that are indicators of ancient woodland, including one rarity. The ground flora contains much Dog's Mercury (Mercurialis perennis) with frequent Primrose (Primula vulgaris), Enchanter's Nightshade (Circaea lutetiana), Sanicle (Sanicula europaea) and Water Avens (Geum rivale). A number of uncommon species are present including Herb Paris (Paris quadrifolia), Yellow Archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon), Hairy Woodrush (Luzula pilosa) and the rare Lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis).
The wood contains a mysterious set of earthworks which are a Scheduled Ancient Monument No: 30571. They have been associated finds of pottery dated as Late Saxon to Medieval - 1001 AD to 1154 AD.
The village also had a scarecrow competition and horse riding competition every year which attracted a lot of attention.
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