And here we are in 2023, well technically by the time I got around to writing this it is February 2023! The weather has been iffy (mostly too cold or too wet, or too windy) to do much work so we have been taking it easy.
As February is now upon us – and the weather is slightly less iffy – we are now beginning to take our gardening tools up again and get on with the business of making the old cemetery clear of brambles and other weedy shrubs – and of course, we are continuing to tend the White Garden.
The White Garden is a ‘work in progress’ – we cannot dig deep for obvious reasons, but we can continue to make this area pretty with white flowering shrubs – to create a quiet place for visiting relatives to sit in silence with their thoughts.
Protecting the softer shrubs from bunnies continues to be our priority, as well as tending the new shrubs as they become established. During 2022 we did quite a lot of planting new shrubs – this year we should begin to see those shrubs and plants flourish and flower.
In terms of ‘walk and talks’ requests are beginning to arrive and 2023 looks like being a busy year with talks lined up right through to December. If you would like one of our members to give a talk to your group; either in person at your premises, or as a walk and talk in the cemetery, or as a virtual talk via zoom/skype – do get in touch and we will do our best to fit you in (email firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Our ‘friend’ Will Hirstle (who helps us with signage) also spotted a Sparrowhawk along the railway edge of the cemetery a week ago – this is good news because at this same time in 2022 a Sparrowhawk was spotted – so having the new sighting means the Sparrowhawk likes the area and has become a welcome regular.