Flora & Fauna

The flora (native plants) play a very important part in our environment. The Friends of Margravine Cemetery are working to promote the conservation of the flora for the benefit of our community, and for all new visitors to the Cemetery. For many years the grass has been left long in summer in selected areas so that the wild flowers and grasses can thrive and set seed. This helps the bees, butterflies and other insects, which in turn provide food for a great variety of birds. The cemetery is also well blessed with over 300 trees with a wide variety of species. The Friends and the Council have planted many new trees to add to those existing, and to replace any lost through disease or storms.

The fauna (native animals, birds and insects etc) play a very important part in our environment. The Friends put great effort into identifying and conserving the animal life, for the benefit of our community, and for all new visitors to the Cemetery. The fauna include the birds, insects and small mammals. Foxes and squirrels also find shelter in the cemetery, but receive a more varied press.
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OUTSTANDING again in 2016

OUTSTANDING again in 2016

The Friends of Margravine Cemetery again did well in the  London in Bloom awards 2016. We were judged as ‘Outstanding’ in the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ category, and gained a silver-gilt in the ‘Our Community’ award. Pruning, planting, watering, planning, caring for the buildings and memorials, researching the history, carrying out surveys, leading walks are all part […]

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Lichens 2016

Lichens 2016

This year the first expert identification of lichens was carried out. Ishpi Blatchley, our expert, made an initial survey and then took a small group round to show us what she had found in her 2 hours in the cemetery. We learnt that each lichen is really 2 organisms not […]

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Success last summer

Success last summer

The Friends entered the It’s Your Neighbourhood category for ‘London in Bloom’ as usual but in 2015 were judged ‘Outstanding’ for the first time. This was in addition to the successful retention of our Green Flag.   For the RHS London in Bloom, we had to prove our credentials – pruning […]

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Tree felling tree planting

Sadly we have lost another mature tree – an ailanthus. It was close to a path, had some disease, and had developed a lean. Its roots were loosening one side. In its place a small oak is planted – one of many whips planted to secure succession.

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P1000418 tree felling
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Bird Count 2015

Bird Count 2015

  Bird count. Scroll down below or click here for the monthly tables. The monthly bird count has a pleasing predictability about it, yet it brings some exciting surprises from time to time. In January 2015 we also took part in the RSPB’s hour long Bird Watch – recording how […]

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The Seasons

The Seasons

VIDEO – Photos taken (through the seasons) of one of the most beautiful and peaceful places you’ll find in London – a real haven in the centre of one of the busiest cities on earth.

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