Category: Flora & Fauna

Spring 2018

Spring comes in fits and starts but blossom has beautified the cherry trees and birds will be feeding their young. Winding mown paths through the grass are a pleasure to walk through. This is one of the most lovely seasons in the cemetery.

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Storm damage June 2017

With such high winds and trees in full leaf it is sad to see old friends suffer. A sycamore weakened by disease split in half. It has had extensive tree surgery and might still live a few more years. Meanwhile, we are planting young trees and whips each autumn to […]

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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

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

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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