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Productive volunteer sessions in Saron Graveyard

Volunteers of the Saron Graveyard Project, Troedyrhiw held two productive sessions in the graveyard last week.

A floral tribute in memory of Peter Smith, a passionate supporter of this project who passed away recently, was laid on his grandparents’ grave.

The vision is to create SARON MEMORIAL & WILDLIFE GARDEN and, to this end, we have been making plans with Willows Youth to add some additional habitat features to those that are already in place. With the help of Dan Townsend, the youth leader at the Willows, a raised bed planted as a Sensory Garden was installed. Dan took back to the Willows some kits for the young people to make up into nesting boxes and bug boxes that we hope will be erected in gardens and other places across the village.

Other volunteers got stuck in to complete these important tasks:-

  1. Regular weeding is an essential part of site maintenance at this stage of the project and Lynda and Sheila’s hard work made an enormous improvement to the appearance of the site.
  2. Our volunteers have abilities and experience in many areas and Simon was able to demonstrate, once again, his stone wall building skills.

A sad loss and a grateful community project

Peter Smith of Bargoed, who had been a dedicated supporter of the Saron Graveyard Project, Troedyrhiw, sadly passed away recently. In his younger days he spent a lot of time in the village and was very close to his grandparents who are buried in the graveyard, as are his great grandparents.

Peter was a kind and generous person whom members of our group feel privileged to have known. We have been surprised and humbled by the decision of Peter’s family to donate the proceeds of his funeral collection to the Saron Project. This has amounted to a significant sum, the largest single donation that has been received since we began in 2009, and we are determined that this will be used in ways that Peter would have been pleased with and befits his memory.

Creating a Memorial & Wildlife Garden

Our vision is to create ‘Saron Memorial & Wildlife Garden’ on the Saron site. As part of our work towards this the young people of Willows Youth have been helping to add various habitat features. The images show volunteers planting more ferns and grasses in the ‘stumpery’.

Desecration & a kick in the teeth

We know that you will be concerned, as we are, to know that there has been some recent criminal damage caused at Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw. Apart from the desecration of graves this is a kick in the teeth for our volunteers who continue to work tirelessly to return this sensitive and historic site to a condition in which it will be a community asset that we can all be proud of.
Thankfully, the damage is confined, on this occasion, to one corner of the site but we fear that other areas could be at risk in the future. The culprits have clambered up from the public footpath that leads from Chapel Street to Cardiff Road. We understand that the maintenance of this path is the responsibility of the Council although they do not seem to have carried this out for very many years. In July 2016 our volunteers carried out an extensive clearup of the path and removed a large amount of fly-tipped rubbish that had been dumped on either side of it. Over the past three years the path has reverted to the same shameful condition that it was in before we intervened.
The moral of this story is that without regular maintenance areas like this will continue to be dumping grounds and targets for the antisocial minority who appear to have no conscience and no community feeling.
P.S. We are unable to show the full image due to its obscene nature.

Researcher visits Saron Graveyard

We were pleased that Eleanor Skipper visited Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw last Saturday to take a look at what our volunteers are doing and to discuss the Saron Project with us. Eleanor is a postgraduate student at Swansea University who, as part of her Master’s degree, is looking into community involvement in the preservation of community history. She is very interested in understanding the work of the Saron Graveyard Project and a similar one at Babell Graveyard, Cwmbwrla, Swansea. Follow this link for more details of the Babell Projecthttps://babell-chapel.com/

Saron welcomes Dawn Bowden AM

Volunteers were very pleased to welcome our Assembly Member Dawn Bowden to our Volunteer Day at Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw last Saturday. Her ongoing interest in and support for this project are most appreciated.

A most discerning insect!

Volunteers were very pleased with the results of their recent efforts to improve the condition of some of the graves in Saron Graveyard Troedyrhiw. And so was the 7-spotted ladybird that decided to lay its eggs on one of the gravestones!


The Saron Graveyard Project, Troedyrhiw could do with some additional support. If you would like to find out about some major reconstruction work on a retaining wall that will begin soon and discuss the future direction of the project then please come to one of the meetings that are advertised on this page. To show your interest or to help with some of of the on-site work (it’s not all heavy!) then please pop in to one of our Volunteer Days’ which are also advertised here.


This community project needs a bit more help

As a group of community volunteers with no religious, political or other affiliations we have been working hard to rescue the graveyard of the former Saron Chapel in Troedyrhiw from the effects of many years of neglect. We are extremely grateful to the landowner and leaseholder for making it possible for urgently necessary structural work to be carried out in the near future. Our small but dedicated team have made significant improvements to the condition of the site but there is much still to be done. We are now appealing to individual members of the community, organisations and local businesses to actively support us in any way that you can so that our vision of creating a low maintenance memorial and wildlife garden can be achieved within a reasonable timescale. So why not come along to our next committee meeting on 30 May or pop in to our next Volunteer Day on 01 June? You can be sure of receiving a warm reception. You might like to contact us by email at friendsofsaron@gmail.com or call us on 01623477141.

Babell Graveyard Project

This is a very interesting project that has similarities to the Saron Graveyard Project, Troedyrhiw.

Richard Hopkins has bought an abandoned graveyard in Swansea to stop anyone building on top of five generations of his ancestors.


This has led to the Babell Graveyard Project.