An event which focused on the environmental aspects of Mill Road Cemetery

In participation with Histon Rd and Ascension Cemeteries FOMRC organised a Green Day in the Cemetery on Sunday July 15th. The day was fine and welcomed many people enjoyed the various tours and activities. Winter Willow (connected to Winter Comfort) came to demonstrate their willow weaving and brought with them a woven coffin which was decorated by the members of the Lifecraft Floristry Group. We are most grateful to Tracy O’Leary and Andrew and Patsy Dellar.

Marion Leeper tells a story with a Green theme
Marion Leeper tells a story with a Green theme
Green activities for children
Green activities for children

 

Children enjoyed the story telling of Marion Leeper, and the craft activities led by Nikki Smith. whilst a nature table and tree trail allowed people to learn more about the many species which flourish in the cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 

Philip Oswlad points out something special
Philip Oswlad points out something special

 

There were several tours which were much enjoyed by all who participated. Frank Dean led an Introductory Wildlife Tour, whilst Philip Oswald concentrated on the Flora.Tricia Wright’s tour focussed on the Inscriptions and Iconography of the memorials and Mark Powell showed the huge variety of lichens which flourish on them. Guy Belcher led a Bug Hunt which was much enjoyed.

 

Learning how to climb trees safely with Michael Downs
Learning how to climb trees safely with Michael Downs

 

Michael Downs from TreeWorks was on hand all day to lead tours about the remarkable trees in the cemetery; a high spot for many was the chance to try out some of the climbing equipment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Band from Parkside led by Rebecca Lewis
The Band from Parkside led by Rebecca Lewis

 

We were delighted that Parkside School brought along their Drumming Group which was hugely popular. The talented performers showed off their dancing skills, as well as their ability to follow the most intricate of rhythms. Many thanks are due to Kay Blayney and Rebecca Lewis for arranging this

 

 

 

 

The Mayor Cllr Sheila Stewart enjoyed her visit
The Mayor Cllr Sheila Stewart enjoyed her visit

 

The Mayor, Cllr Sheila Stewart, paid us a visit and was interested in everything that she saw. She thanked all those who had given time and energy to making the day a success.

 

 

 

 

The day concluded with a service led by the Rev Margaret Widdess, with an address from the Rev Nigel Cooper, dean of ARU.
FOMRC thanks the Parishes Committee for their permission to hold this event and for the Concluding Service. They thank the City Council and Sustainable Cities for their support, and they acknowledge their huge gratitude to Sarah Tovell, City Council Green Spaces Officer, without whose endless help from the very beginning of the planning process none of this would have happened.

Green Day