Daffodils brighten many areas of the cemetery and the blossom trees are a riot of colour. The Civilian Garden looks beautiful. People are tending graves in the sunshine. Could Spring be just around the corner?
Come along and help record the inscriptions on the headstones in Brandwood End. You can also learn what they really mean and how word styles have changed over the years.
Dates are now available for the whole of the summer but you do need to book a place as numbers are restricted. Once you take part in this event, organised by Caring for Gods Acre, you will want to come again.
These sessions are free, just book your place here.
Many of our followers and local residents were involved in our year long Hedgehog Project. Things are not looking too good for the Hedgehog !
According to a new State of Hedgehogs report, rural populations remain in decline but numbers are stabilising and even increasing in urban areas! We can all play our part in helping hedgehogs at home! Consider being part of a Hedgehog Highway and create a hole in your fence so they can roam freely in search of food at night. Leave out water, meaty dog or cat food, cat biscuits or specialist hedgehog food. Stop using chemicals in your garden and create a log pile which will attract insects and provide valuable shelter. Whilst there is a long way to go, we want to see hedgehog numbers increasing across the country!
It is suspected that Badgers from a local sett have been venturing into the cemetery. They are beautiful creatures but can cause untold damage to graves and lawned areas which would cause great distress to bereaved families, as well as costing a lot to rectify.
If you see a Badger within the cemetery can you note the area and the time and let us know via a message or email. The most likely time to spot them will be early morning and late afternoon (at dusk) but if you live backing onto the cemetery you may spot them at other times. Photographs would be very interesting as well.
The Ranger service and local residents have been aware of several large setts locally so hopefully they are just foraging and not looking for a new home!
You can see, from the photograph above, that driving on the verges causes lots of often irreversible damage. There is no excuse! We know the avenues are narrow but the whole road system is a grid. If there is a parked car just use the next avenue and approach from the other end…..or reverse! If this continues then restricted vehicle access to these side avenues may be the only answer available to Bereavement staff to prevent such mindless damage, and no one wants that.
The cemetery is awash with swathes of Crocus, redeployed by the squirrels who ‘stole’ them from our plantings on the main drive. They still look good though!!
We have added 21 new shots, taken by committee member Carola Klein , to our amazing album of ‘snow shots’ of the cemetery. Carola’s new views are the last 21 in the album.
SUMMER IS A’COMIN AND THE HOURS ARE GETTING LONG……….
|Monday and Wednesday||8:30am to 7pm|
|Tuesday, Thursday and Friday||3pm to 7pm|
|Saturday and Sunday||10am to 5pm|
Pleased to see that the new fencing to the rear of the lodge is completed and looking good. The idea was to avoid reinstalling larch lap panels, that the wind soon damages, and deter people from walking through the lodge garden to the rear burial section- but maintain an open aspect.
I think you will all agree that these new fences fulfil all of those requirements….but it appears someone or something is continuing their usual route ! Gathering by the snow prints I think its local foxes and pussy cats, but they have been very busy!