In September, when the sun was still out in full, we got down to Henley Woodland Burial Ground to help custodian Andy tidy away the long grass. It was a great opportunity to spend time in amongst the trees and see some of the wildlife. It was great to see how beautiful the burial ground looked as the leaves begin to turn.
As well as sheep – our natural lawn mowers, there are roaming red kites and all the British meadow’s usual suspects. Mr and Mrs Fox, Badger and rabbits all live there, no Boggis, Bunce and Bean thankfully, but the owls’ call and skylark’s song can be heard. Deer have also been spotted on the meadow, but the trees remain safe in their protective tubes!
At Bath, more apple trees will be planted as part of our efforts to establish a new heritage orchard. The fruit blossom will attract more honey bees and, when in bloom, will liven up the Midford valley.
As the meadow lies in the Cotswold AONB, all the trees will be heritage species.
Families who have someone buried at either burial ground, and those who don’t, are invited to plant or dedicate a tree. Contact us if you’d like to be involved or to find out more visit;
Stories and thoughts from Elaine and James.
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