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 […]View more ›
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.
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 […]View more ›
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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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 […]View more ›