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Saron Memorial & Wildlife Garden, Troed-y-rhiw.

Saron Project Receives Approval of Wildlife!

One of our volunteers took these pictures last Saturday in Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw. This Robin was a very curious little fellow checking out everything that we were doing and possibly being a little upset that we had invaded his territory. Or could it be that he was responding to our appeal for new volunteers? If he can do it then so perhaps can you! We would love to see you at a future volunteer day. You will be made most welcome. Why not send us a message today?

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’.

It’s never too hot for Saron volunteers

Our intrepid band of volunteers braved the searing heat last Saturday to continue the improvement work in Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw. This included:-

  • Lopping branches off a tree that has grown far to large for this space.
  • Watering the small ornamental tree and shrubs which were planted last month.
  • Tidying up, watering and mulching the stumpery with ferns etc that were planted last  month.
  • Completing the setting up of a small ‘pond in an old kitchen sink’.
  • Expanding the ‘bug hotel’ which had been set up by Willows Youth as luxury accomodation for a range of small creatures.

Many thanks for your input and support to Steve C., Simon, Sheila, Andrew, Steve E., Chris, Frances, David, Phil and John.


A Saron Stumpery

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 for Saron

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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.

Friends of Saron A.G.M.

Thank you to everyone that attended the Friends of Saron AGM at the Willows Centre, Troedyrhiw last Friday. Since the project to rescue our historic graveyard was launched in 2009 following the presentation of a 1,250 signature petition from the people of Troedyrhiw to the Council a great deal has happened. Our small but highly motivated group of volunteers have made significant improvements to the condition of the graveyard but there is much still to be done. Our main challenge is to unlock funding for some major structural work on the boundary walls. For reasons associated with the conditions of the lease and the leaseholder’s objections to approaching the Heritage Lottery Fund the usual sources of funding are closed to us. We are hopeful that the landowner and their tenant will be able to come up with a solution to this problem. Meanwhile, this group will continue to work hard to realise our vision of creating a Memorial and Wildlife Garden on the Saron site. PLEASE GIVE US YOUR SUPPORT.

Is it wrong to exercise in a graveyard?

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The vision of the Saron Project, Troedyrhiw is to rescue an important part of the historic fabric of the village from the effects of many years of neglect by creating a low maintenance memorial and wildlife garden as a well-loved resource which can be appreciated and used by the local and wider communities.

Are there any activities that are not appropriate for a burial place? Follow this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33911938

and let us know what you think by emailing friendsofsaron@gmail.com

Giving Our Wildlife a Chance

Common Pipistrelle

The Saron Graveyard Project is working to create a memorial and wildlife garden. If you have been following the progress of the project you will have seen some of the ways in which we have begun to improve the habitat value of this area of the village. Now we intend to do something for our bats. These have been described as “unique mysterious creatures glimpsed at dusk darting through the night sky as they hunt for insects”.

DSC01353Why do bats need our help? Sadly our UK bat populations have declined dramatically during the past century. Many of the roosting sites and feeding grounds that they need have been destroyed to make way for buildings and roads, or other changes in land use. Pesticides have not only killed many of their insect prey, but also some of the bats themselves.

At our next Volunteer Day in June we will be installing some bat boxes in suitable locations. Why not call in to see what we are doing? You will be made most welcome.

You might even be motivated to make and erect your own bat boxes. You will find plenty of helpful information online.



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Do something different.

Help to preserve a historic part of your village and increase its wildlife value.


SATURDAY 29th April
FROM 10.00am

We are sure that you will find this to be a very rewarding experience.