We are really pleased to welcome a guest blog from Lizzie Edgerton, a humanist celebrant. She is not far from Hundy Mundy our woodland burial ground in the Scottish borders and has shared a wonderful blog touching on her some of her own experiences and organising a fitting tribute and funeral to someone you've lost. We would recommend taking 5 minutes out, with a cuppa in hand to read this very insightful blog.
Toads are a fantastic part of our ecosystem, they are nature's answer to pesticides. With one toad eating as many as 100 aphids and slugs a night they are wonderful plant protectors. Sadly their numbers are declining largely due to a loss of habitat. Therefore it's not surprising that we are finding toads, frogs and other reptiles in 'alternative' homes such as grow bags.
When Sarah realised she had quite a few toads in her garden she was pleased. This is because it shows they are an active part of the Pembrokeshire wildlife. In fact, one of her projects at Pembrokeshire Natural Burials is to restore the wetland. This should help support amphibians and reptiles in need of a native habitat. Finding 3 toads in one night is a good indicator the wetland, once restored, will have a positive impact on the population. Unfortunately, by the time she realised one of her toads had made his home in her grow bag, it was too late to save his home. This inspired her to find a way to offer him a safe place where he could live undisturbed.
Walking the meadow at Dorset Downs it may be hard to believe the wildflower-rich pasture used to be arable land. The arable cultivation during world war two was significant in Dorset. So much so that restoring locally distinctive landscape has become a key priority within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is wonderful that the natural burial ground has supported this. Helping to return it to the way it used to be before the last drive for food. However, nearby you will come across fields used for arable farming. This is because the Natural Burial Ground is part of a larger farm venture. Arable farming is a key part of our food resources and as with everything in nature it is about finding a balance.
The burial ground has allowed the landowners to follow a path of 'greener pastures'. But new techniques are also enabling them to follow a path of greener farming practices. One of these you can see in the maize fields surrounding the natural burial ground, planting under a film.
Stories and thoughts from the Leedam camp.
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