The refurbishment of the Victorian Closed Cemetery and Nature Reserve on Londesborough Road, Market Weighton has seen major improvements.
Enlisting the skills and support of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Biodiversity Officer and an Arborioculturalist, we set about thinning out some species of ash trees, which had to be expertly taken out by specialist tree surgeon Andrew Harrison.
With the support of The Conservation Volunteers led by Leah Hallas, we were able to clear much of the ground elder and ivy that had been smothering many of the wild plants.
With a grant awarded by ‘Tesco Bags For Help,’ we were able to purchase 800 mixed wildlife plants to help restock parts of the cemetery.
These were planted by our town handymen with the assistance of staff volunteers from McDonald’s, Shiptonthorpe. This grant also provided a barn owl box, bird boxes and bat boxes.
The East Riding of Yorkshire Council Countryside Team gifted us some wooden sleepers which we were able to fashion benches for seating, they are also supplying bird feeders and a wooden archway.
The Sancton Hill Wind Farm supplied us with 20 indigenous autumn fruit bearing trees for winder bird feeding. We were excited to learn that Tulipa Sylvestris (known as wild tulips or woodland tulips) were found growing in the cemetery. We are told that this is one of only two recorded sightings in the East Riding. I would like to thank all the volunteers who have been involved in this project, and hope that they will continue to work with us into the future.