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Blues and Yellows

Apart from the occasional oxeye daisy, devilsbit scabious or knapweed, most of the wildflowers at Sun Rising have now gone to seed.  With the scorching heat of the dry summer months, this has happened a good few weeks earlier than … Continue reading

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The 2018 Big Butterfly Count

Butterfly Conservation’s annual survey of our nation’s butterflies has just begun … Running from 20 July to 12 August, this is an opportunity for everyone to get involved, learning about butterflies, identifying butterflies, and counting butterflies.  It doesn’t take long … Continue reading

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Lent Lilies

In the back of my mind, I recall young Dickon in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden calling daffodils ‘daffodumdillies’.  It’s a word that has stayed in my mind – it is so full of spring sunshine, energy and appreciation.  As … Continue reading

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The Changing Pond

Ponds are fascinating places.  A wildlife pond, unlined and naturally fed, will often dry up during periods without rain, which mean that its inhabitants, both flora and fauna, need to be extremely adaptable.  Furthermore, the plantlife in a healthy pond … Continue reading

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Coffin Bier

When we first thought of buying a coffin bier, it was because some of the larger corporate funeral directors (and a few smaller ones too) now refuse to shoulder coffins in the traditional way.  Citing health and safety, they simply … Continue reading

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Bubbles

Sometimes I am sent photographs by families who have loved ones buried at Sun Rising, photographs that reach deep into my soul, sometimes with excruciating sadness, sometimes with utter delight, and sometimes a little of both.  Here is one that … Continue reading

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Spring Foliage

The soft yellow-green foliage of new leaves is so beautiful.  Its brightness lifts the soul after a long wet winter, and its tenderness reflects our state – still waiting for the summer months to kick in and fill us with … Continue reading

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Making a Corridor

Freelance environmental consltant Tim Marlow has been dropping by the burial ground over the last few months, considering the connections between the environmental programme at Upton Estate at the top of Sun Rising hill and the Biodiversity Action Plan folk … Continue reading

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Bees

Six bee hives have now arrived at Sun Rising.  We’ve been expecting the bees for over a year, and the bee keeper has been waiting for the right moment.  The hives are for breeding bees, not making honey, but in … Continue reading

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Haycut

At Sun Rising the grassland and meadows are managed in two different ways.  The majority of the field, which is not in use for burials, is managed as a hayfield, with the grass cut in late May to mid June … Continue reading

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