A new burial ground for Charfield, Gloucestershire, England
clerk@charfieldparishcouncil.org.uk

Biodiversity

Charfield Burial Ground is intended to operate with respectful awareness of the needs of both human and non-human users. We are creating a facility that is caring, pleasant and efficient for the final resting place of our loved ones. At the same time we will maximise the value of the site for the smaller mammals, reptiles, birds and insects that populate our landscape. We’ll do this through appropriate planting and land management. Ultimately this enhances the site and benefits human and non-human alike.

The wet stone walls that border our burial ground are home to slow-worm and beetle. High overhead, swifts and swallows fly through the air catching insects in their chaotic aerial dance. At night, hedgehogs come out of the undergrowth and patrol the site at night under starry skies patrolled by bats. Under the summer Sun, butterflies sip nectar from buddleia, scabious and thistle. The grasses and wildflowers are allowed to grow in areas not occupied by burial plots, and borders and rose garden are planted with colourful and bee-friendly varieties.

This page links to galleries showing aspects of the burial ground’s life cycle throughout the year. If you see something, or even better photograph something, we’ve not seen… do let us know!