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At long last we have managed to have a site meeting with the manager of the grass-cutting teams who mow the churchyard. You may remember that in mid-May we had a special service celebrating Scottish Biodiversity Week, after which the children planted plugplants of native wildflowers along the wall between the yew tree and the Poppy Club. These were watered and tended during the dry weeks which followed and many of the annuals and perennials flowered. The mowers stopped roughly following a line we had marked about two feet from the wall and we began to see what potential there was for an informal show of colour as well as an increase of the insect, bird and animal-life coming to benefit from them. We needed to let them set seed (for wild-life food and to collect to sow for next year) and intended to have one ‘tidying’ cutting which we would do by scythe about the end of September. However, to our dismay, we found in August that the whole strip had been mown and/or strimmed. We now know that this was NOT done by anyone from the Council. If you know who did do it, presumably thinking the area looked untidy, please do tell Dave Garner or myself or ask them to get in touch so we can explain what we are doing. We recognise that a wild flower may also be viewed as a weed, but only if it is ‘in the wrong place’. We were trying to use a tiny part of the churchyard, which has huge potential for providing biodiversity, to encourage youngsters and those of us who are not so young to appreciate and cherish the variety of God’s creation. We had done everything we could to publicise our actions and knew of no opposition. The plants had been bought at considerable expense by willing donors. Seedlings which were grown during the summer to be planted out in September are bursting out of their toilet-roll containers in my garden because we dared not plant them out just to be strimmed again. It is now too cold for them to get established this year. By next Spring we will put a notice to explain what we are doing. We did not do so this year anticipating it would probably be removed by vandals, but many of the plant labels did remain till the mowing. We hope that many of the earlier flowers such as dog violets, primroses and foxgloves will have survived to provide enjoyment and we will search eagerly for any others coming up later. In the March magazine we will give more details of what to look for, and where.

During January we will collect used Christmas cards to recycle via The Woodland Trust.

Also in the New Year we will resume the Bring-or-Take collection of empty jam jars for re-use by marmalade makers.

Now is the time of year when we can save most money by remembering those energy-saving chores like closing the curtains at dusk in ALL rooms, not just those we are using, tucking curtains behind radiators or on windowsills to stop warm air going up to waste behind them, considering fitting thermal blinds or thermal curtain linings, turning down the thermostats in unused rooms etc etc. You’ve heard it all before, but energy prices are rising and it does no harm to review our habits once in a while.

Margaret Sparkes

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