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Harriet Carty CFGA cemeteries presentation 17 June 2014


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Harriet Carty CFGA cemeteries presentation 17 June 2014

  1. 1. The Importance of Burial Grounds for Natural Heritage Harriet Carty Protecting Wildlife Preserving Heritage Involving People
  2. 2. Natural Heritage in harmony with Built Heritage
  3. 3. Make a plan based on built & natural heritage and also resources
  4. 4. YEWS • Never assume a yew is dying or dead, they can carry considerable deadwood. • If boughs are collapsing leave in situ if possible, they can take root and regenerate • Remove ivy • Keep the ground clear below a yew, no sheds, railings, compost heaps etc! • Get a specialist tree surgeon or arborist
  5. 5. LICHENS • Do not spray around monuments • Give them some light, scrub or ivy will smother • Most lichens do not damage stone and can protect it, but certain stone types can be affected. Seek advice. • Generally do not clean them off. If cleaning is needed then seek advice. • Do not move or realign lichen covered stones. N/S alignment is vital
  6. 6. British Lichen Society
  7. 7. GRASSLAND • Always pick up and remove any arisings • Four categories: short, medium, long, tussocky. • All four have benefits for wildlife, so plan what is appropriate where
  8. 8. Grass Length Guidelines Mow the following regularly • Recent and regularly visited graves • Entrances, path edges and around buildings • Areas where events take place • Paths through longer grass to explore
  9. 9. Long Grass and Insurance • Close mow paths through areas of long grass and close mow paths to and around any visited graves • Erect a clear, obvious sign indicating risks of walking in areas of long grass • Ensure that decisions on management and risk management are discussed at meetings and this is documented. Record when actions are put in place • Review and revise H&S regularly
  10. 10. IVY
  11. 11. Ivy Guidelines for Stonework • Don’t remove it ‘because it is there’. Is it damaging and will removal make things worse? • Does the monument or structure have joints that the ivy could penetrate in which case consider removal • Is the ivy holding things up in which case trim it or prepare to rebuild • If it is actually rooting into a structure rather than into the ground then removal is the best option • Peel off to the ground, do not cut out a section as this encourages rooting