Story and photo by Umanga Perera
Sheffield Environment Weeks took place this year between 22nd April and 9th June. Several events in the Burngreave area were included.
During the first week, the Friends of Burngreave cemetery offered a bat walk, bird watching and the chance to take part in a tree survey to update the environmental survey completed in 2002.
A nature exhibition was curated by Christine Steers, who is a prominent member of the Friends of Burngreave Chapel and Cemetery group, which aims ‘to educate and enlighten visitors into not only its history but its wildlife, trees and plants’.
The exhibition showcased different types of flora and fauna found inside the Cemetery with pictures of birds, bats, bees and bugs photographed by residents and professionals. The exhibit boasts a beehive, bug hotel and showcase about permaculture.
On Sunday 7th May – International Permaculture Day – lunch and information about permaculture were shared in the cemetery. We enjoyed watching the hatching and rearing of three peregrine falcon chicks nesting on the roof of St George’s church (University of Sheffield) via our laptop link with 24 hour cameras.
The cemetery chapel is open to the public every Sunday from 11am-3pm and the exhibition will remain up over the summer. For more information visit www.friendsofburngreavecemetery.btck.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org