Month: June 2014

If you go down to the woods today……..

…….or Thursday the 3rd of July to be precise, you may find children from Woodthorpe Junior and Infant school pond dipping and creating wild life habitats as part of their ECO week. Brandwood Pocket Park and Pool form part of the area adjacent to the cemetery and the Friends of Brandwood Pool will be helping the children with their project. Both Woodthorpe School and St Albans School frequently involve their pupils in events within the cemetery and at the pool as  both schools lie close to the cemetery.Bug hunt at pool april 2011 007

Hopefully the weather will be kind and the only water will be in the pool!

Iconic Oak ‘boughs’ out.

Brandwood End (1)Regular visitors to Brandwood End Cemetery will know that for many years a beautiful Oak tree has been a significant land mark on the main drive. They will also be aware that there has been concern over its ‘healthy and safety’ for the last couple of years and as a result it was severely cut back. It was hoped that this would reduce the weight of the upper area whilst investigations into some suspicious fungi were carried out. Sadly the results are now in….and the news is not good. We have reproduced below the statement that Bereavement Services have posted on their web site.

It is with great sadness that we have to report that the Oak Tree, a well-loved cemetery feature, is suffering from Inonotus dryadeus. This a disease which causes a white rot which attacks the lower roots and base. Unfortunately the rot has spread throughout the tree and it is therefore necessary to fell it. The removal will take place over the next few weeks.

Since we are unable to save the tree we are planning to make good use of the Oak Tree Island and will be developing a Memorial Garden to commemorate World War 1.

The Friends have spoken to the Tree Officer and Bereavement Services staff to discuss some other possible ideas suggested by our members.  The trunk area is too rotten to consider carving the remaining trunk into a feature and the spores of the fungus will have contaminated the soil and could pose a risk to any replacement tree at this spot.

However, it appears that its space will be filled by an equally impressive WW1 memorial area. We all look forward to its completion.

Local Grant success!

New Vision have managed to secure yet another small grant from Waterloo Housing Association towards the completion of the woodland pathway within Jasmin Fields Nature Reserve, started last year. Brandwood Forum also had access to a small grant which they  kindly contributed towards this project, so its all ready to go!

IMG_6165 (800x600)Last year members of the Friends of Jasmin Fields were assisted by Bournville College students under the supervision of the BCC Park Ranger Service. Hopefully the same system will happen this time.

Jasmin Fields Nature Reserve forms part of a circular walk taking in Brandwood End Cemetery and Brandwood Pool. The close proximity of these three sites  to the northern Stratford upon Avon Canal also form a wild life corridor.  Muntjac and Roe deer often move between all 3 sites and there is a healthy bat population. We suspect that they wont be using the new pathway!!

Heritage Open Event

FBEC are hoping to take part in Heritage Open Week in September this year. If all goes according to plan we hope to be able to lead a couple of informative walks around ww1 graves of interest and display some photographs and memorabilia from ww1 in the Lodge. Watch this space! As we are few in number we will probably confine our activities to one day over the weekend of 13/14 September.  If any of our members have items they feel may be of interest, and would be prepared to allow us to display them securely in the Lodge at the cemetery- please contact us via this site or e mail us at  friendsofbec@gmail.com

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1st June Litter pick.

Today was our quarterly litter pick at Brandwood End Cemetery. Our apologies for not posting a reminder on the News Feed on our site but time overtook us!  There is a full list of dates posted elsewhere on this site. Luckily there was a respite from the continual rain so hopefully everyone enjoyed their task.Litter pick March 2014 (8) (800x600)