During last Saturday’s Volunteer Day in the historic Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw we were surprised but extremely pleased to receive visitors from Patagonia who had come looking for a family grave.
Victor Griffiths and his friend Myriam are from the small town of Gaiman in the Chubut valley of southern Argentina. It was in this region that Welsh settlers established a colony following a first arrival in 1865 and Victor is able to trace his ancestry back to a time which came just after this earliest period.
Those family members left behind in Wales included the Days of Troedyrhiw and Victor was very pleased to be shown the grave of Mary and Arthur William Day. Fortunately John Day, the one member of this family that still lives in the village, has been an enthusiastic supporter of this project from its beginning and one of our group was able to take Victor and Myriam to meet him for only the second time. This was, understandably, a very warm reunion.
Friends of Saron intend to remain in contact with Victor Griffiths with a view towards obtaining more information about his family history and its links with Troedyrhiw.
For more about the Welsh colony in Patagonia visit www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29611380 to find out about some of the impressions which a visit to the Chubut valley left on Professor E. Wyn James who, as many will know, hails from Troedyrhiw.
One of the residents of the new stumpery at the historic Saron graveyard, Troedyrhiw takes a close look at its new home! This is, we think, a yellow or netted slug. It feeds on fungi and decaying plant material and so has an important job to perform in the recycling processes that are so important in maintaining a healthy and balanced ecosystem. We are very pleased to see him or her!
The success of last Thursday’s habitat creation session with Willows Youth has motivated our volunteers to begin to develop the area next to the bug hotel and log pile. We brought forward our plans to put the many tree stumps that remain from tree clearance activities in the graveyard to good use. We have begun to develop a garden feature known as a ‘stumpery’ planted with ferns etc. This will be a further addition to the habitat value of this part of the site which is a vital part of our vision of a low-maintenance wildlife and memorial garden on the historic Saron site.
More bug boxes are now installed to give nature a hand at the historic Saron graveyard, Troedyrhiw These should provide perfect habitats for a range of beneficial insects such as ladybirds, lacewings and solitary bees and also for spiders and the like.
Last Thursday Friends of Saron were very pleased to work with young people and youth workers from the Willows Centre, Troedyrhiw on the creation of some habitats for wildlife in the village’s historic graveyard. Under the supervision of Jake Castle, Keep Wales Tidy and Youth Leader Dan Townsend they worked with energy, enthusiasm and imagination to produce a ‘bug hotel’ from used pallets and other materials. A start was also made on putting together some ‘habitat heaps’ in the form of a log pile and a rock pile which will become homes for a variety of small creatures.
At the beginning of the session some additional ‘bug boxes’ which had been made by volunteers were erected around the site.
The contribution that Willows Youth are making to this community venture has been good to see and the way in which these young people conducted themselves brought credit to themselves and to the youth workers that guide and support them. Such interest in their heritage and environment from members of the younger generation has, from our point of view, been most heartening.
Special thanks are due to Caitlyn, Misha, Isabelle, Jazz, Jake, Dan T., Dan J., Alex, Pauline, Sheila and David for making this so successful. Also to Stephen & George, Printers for donating pallets.
Our volunteers have made these bug boxes from pieces of scrap wood and other waste materials. These will be erected this week in warm, sheltered positions in Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw. They will give nature a helping hand by providing perfect habitats for small beneficial creatures such as ladybirds, lacewings, spiders and solitary bees.
Our volunteers will again be working in Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw this Saturday June 02 from 10.00am. Why not pop in to see what we have been doing and have a chat with us about our vision for the future? The ultimate success of this project depends upon community support.
After 9 years of asking, it seems that the leaseholder of Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw has agreed to repair a collapsed retaining wall. This gives a tremendous boost to our work towards the creation of a wildlife and memorial garden on this site. You are warmly invited to attend a meeting to discuss the way forward. THURS 31 MAY, 6.30pm, ANGEL INN, TROEDYRHIW.
We are looking forward to young people from the community helping to improve the habitat value of Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw this Thursday 31 May. Well done Willows Youth!