Sun Rising as a Nature Reserve
Sun Rising is not just a green or natural burial ground - it is a nature reserve, and over the years its value will grow and grow.
With so much land now given over to modern agriculture, roads and the built environment, there is less natural habitat for wildlife. As a result, it is more important than ever that we create refuges where wildlife can thrive. Because of current farming practices, once common features of our landscape such as meadows, ponds, natural woodland and barns which native wildlife depends upon for food and shelter, have become increasingly rare. By preserving and, wherever possible, recreating these features or offering alternatives, we can help to halt the decline in our native bird, insect and mammal populations, preserve biodiversity and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.
Sun Rising is managed as a nature reserve in a way that maximises its value for wildlife. Every native tree and bulb planted, every wildflower and grass seed sown, adds to the process; the planting distance of trees, and when the grasses are mown, are carefully considered. Like any natural environment, it may look stark in winter, but in spring life returns at its own pace. By August, when our gardens may still be colourful with cultivated plants, most of the native flowers and grasses of our landscape have lost their petals and are spreading their seed. As a nature reserve, it is crucial that the natural cycles follow their course at Sun Rising. By October and November, the trees are turning orange and gold, and falling in the winds. By late January though, the first snowdrops will be poking through the frosty ground.
As the ecological wealth of Sun Rising grows, so does its beauty, its natural serenity, and its importance within the wider environment. That peace and tranquillity enhances its value as a nature reserve, helping to create the conditions in which wildlife can flourish.
If you would like to make a donation towards the creation and support of the nature reserve, please get in touch. We are always grateful for donations towards birdseed, bulbs, structural tree planting, extending wildflower meadow and creating new habitats.
When the burial ground no longer has an income from burials, its long term management will be financed through the trust fund which we have established, ensuring that the area will be preserved as a lasting monument to those buried there and as an oasis for wildlife. For further information on this, see out page about The Friends of Sun Rising.