A Month in the Burial Ground: March

During March we have been blessed with warm spring sunshine, and the burial ground has provided us with a wonderful display of spring flowers. Daffodils are flowering in the grass and borders, and are complemented by the white tulips which were planted last year. We were very pleased to see the bladdernut tree covered in beautiful white blossom. Nature has shown us that hope and renewal are possible, even during the darkest of times.

We now have water installed so we will no longer be reliant on the kindness of our neighbours and Nick carrying bucket loads of water up the hill! We appear to be having another dry spring so the water will be essential for the plants to thrive. In addition trustees have agreed that we can go ahead with the proposed shelter and we are now in the process of applying for planning permission. Our shed and toilet have been painted by volunteers from Good Gym and Grow for Life, and look smart as well as providing an appropriate backdrop for plants.

Spring is a busy time of year but gardening together with others makes light work of the many tasks needing to be done. During March we held our first working party of the year and were joined by Friends and neighbours from the nearby community. We began the process of clearing the borders of weeds and bluebells, as well as sharing lunch and companionship. Good Gym volunteers also visited and helped with painting the shed. Last week we were pleased to see the return of Grow for Life, and spent time gardening with the volunteers. It has been a positive and rewarding experience to share our peaceful and beautiful space with friends and others from the wider community.

Friends are always welcome to visit the burial ground at any time. We would also value your gardening contribution at our Saturday work parties and weekday meet ups. Please check the website for future dates, and contact us by email, or ring 07818 760042 to leave a message, before turning up as the weather is always unpredictable.

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