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Friends of Saron plant another tree

This November the Woodland Trust is calling on one million people to pledge to plant a tree to help us fight the climate emergency.

At their recent Volunteer Day Friends of Saron, Troedyrhiw responded to this request by planting a small yew tree in SARON GRAVEYARD, TROEDYRHIW. This adds to the other small ornamental trees that have already been planted.

Our volunteers work hard but could do with some more help

After the atrocious weather earlier in the week FRIENDS of SARON GRAVEYARD, TROEDYRHIW were fortunate in having a largely dry day last Saturday for their latest Volunteer Day in the graveyard. A very small number of volunteers managed to get quite a lot done including resetting and stabilising headstones and cementing back in place some inscribed kerbstones that had become loose. At the same time some further work was carried out to improve the rockery that is being developed in the garden area.

A good omen for the Saron Graveyard Project

The sun beamed down on Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw yesterday. This must be a good omen for this project.


If you are interested in the SARON GRAVEYARD PROJECT, TROEDYRHIW then why not pop in to one or both of next week’s events?

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’.

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!