OPPORTUNITY TO HELP WITH PRACTICAL CONSERVATION TASKS AT ONE OF SHREWSBURY’S IMPORTANT CULTURAL AND HISTORIC SITES
Friends of Longden Road cemetery in Shrewsbury, supported by Caring for God’s Acre’s Churchyard Task Team, are inviting local people to help with essential conservation management tasks at the cemetery on Tuesday 21st April. No previous experience of this work is necessary as practical training will be provided. The day will run from 10am until 3pm but any time that people can spare would be appreciated.
Longden Road cemetery is an important site for its wealth of natural history and also its importance to people as a place of burial. Opened in the1850’s, it has a Grade II listed chapel and cloisters and grounds of 30 acres which are open to the public all year. It is home to a broad range of plants and animals, including some rare species.
Harriet Carty for Caring for God’s Acre said ‘The cemetery contains lovely species rich old grassland, full of flowers and in the autumn there is a spectacular array of colourful , rare grassland fungi such as waxcaps’.
A recent survey discovered 6-10 species of waxcap fungi, which alone makes the cemetery of regional importance for fungi. The cemetery is also a peaceful haven for a range of birds such as wren, blue tit, long tailed tit, chaffinch, greenfinch, chiffchaff, starling and song thrush.
Anyone wishing to join the task to help conserve this interesting site should wear suitable clothing for the weather, with stout or steel toe-capped boots and work gloves. Bring lunch and a drink if you are planning to be there the whole day. There will be a selection of hand tools available, but if people can bring their own secateurs, shear, rakes and loppers it would be useful.