Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Home Education Group Wild Flower Walk

Today we have been on a guided nature walk looking at the wild flowers in Old Southampton Cemetery with the Home Education Group local to Southampton.

The Old Southampton Cemetery is one of England’s earliest municipal cemeteries and is located on the Southampton Common.

Parts of this cemetery are listed Grade II on English Heritage's Register of Historic Parks and Gardens and was established in 1843. The Cemetery is in itself important historically as a record of the people of Southampton and over the years a great diversity of wildlife has developed in it. For these reasons, the City Council has decided that the cemetery will be maintained in such a way as to preserve the diversity of flora and fauna, whilst maintaining its historical interest, and its continuing as a burial ground. It was a fascinating day, the guide was very knowledgeable and told the children a lot about the different wild flowers, insects and trees in the cemetery, and even found them some wild leeks to taste.

Here is a jumble of photographs from today!!

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