National Cemeteries Week: 12th to 20th May 2018

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Guided tour.

As part of National Cemeteries Week, the Friends of Warriston Cemetery will be offering a guided tour on Thursday 17th May 2018.

Meet at the Main Gate at 2.30pm.

Cost: £5 (but free to paid-up members).

Please wear appropriate footwear!

To book a place, contact friendsofwarristoncemetery@gmail.com

Other local cemeteries, eg Dean and  Morningside with more to follow, will be taking part also.

Click this link to see more… www.cemeteryfriends.com

 

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“In Loving Memory Of”; an update.

The campaign has entered its last week. With only a few days left, and still a lot to go, please pledge and spread the word! (If you have any problems with payment, please contact Natalia or The friends of Warriston Cemetery through this page or via FaceBook.)

In Loving Memory Of” is a short creative documentary about Warriston Cemetery, a hidden gem in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. It is a magical, secret garden, walled, overgrown with ivy and full of life. The film features the Friends of Warriston Cemetery whose mission is to uncover some of the forgotten Victorian treasures. The story was developed through the Scottish Documentary Institute’s Bridging the Gap programme. Now in filming stage, but we need your help with post-production costs!

Natalia is an independent filmmaker who is raising funds in order for her film to be completed to a high standard. A project such as this requires a professional post-production team including editor, colourist, sound designer and composer. There is also rental of sound recording equipment and facilities to pay for as well as the likes of promotional material and festival entry fees etc.

You can view Natalia’s campaign and pledge here…

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/in-loving-memory-of#/

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“In return for your pledge you get perks like a personal tour of the cemetery (plenty of secrets to tell) or an original photo print of the place in its full beauty.”

March 2018 Round-up.

Various days in March 2018.

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March 1st…

Snow and more snow.

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The same stone photographed over three days; February 26th, February 28th and March 1st….

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March 3rd. Brief video of snow/hail in the Secret garden…

 

March 7th…

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March 8th…

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March 9th…

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March 12th…

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March 21st…

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Video featuring some of the Warriston cemetery bird life. Segments; a) great spotted woodpecker, b) blue tit, c) robin, d) two blue tits, e) robin.

 

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March 27th…

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“In Loving Memory Of”

A short documentary about a cemetery full of life.

In Loving Memory Of is a short creative documentary about Warriston Cemetery, a hidden gem in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. It is a magical, secret garden, walled, overgrown with ivy and full of life. The film features the Friends of Warriston Cemetery whose mission is to uncover some of the forgotten Victorian treasures. The story was developed through the Scottish Documentary Institute’s Bridging the Gap programme. Now in filming stage, but we need your help with post-production costs!”

Natalia is an independent filmmaker who is raising funds in order for her film to be completed to a high standard. A project such as this requires a professional post-production team including editor, colourist, sound designer and composer. There is also rental of sound recording equipment and facilities to pay for as well as the likes of promotional material and festival entry fees etc.

Please visit Natalia’s project page to see how you can support her work. Here is the link…

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/in-loving-memory-of#/

“In return for your pledge you get perks like a personal tour of the cemetery (plenty of secrets to tell) or an original photo print of the place in its full beauty.”

February 2018 Round-up.

Various days in February 2018.

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February 2nd…

The first daffodils begin to appear…

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Next – A pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers. They were having great fun chasing each other across a few sections…

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February 3rd…

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Who knew that flowers could read? Despite all the cold and wind and rain and snow and hard frost, this plant took heart from the words behind…

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February 5th…

Treecreeper. They like a change from trees now and then…

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February 6th…

Great Spotted Woodpecker…

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February 9th…

Snowdrops. Robin. Mr Duncan. Buzzards. Bullfinch…

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February 11th…

This and that, here and there…

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Goldcrest…

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February 12th…

City of Edinburgh Council notice board. Installed today…

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February 15th…

The local prison has a scheme whereby donated garden tools are reconditioned and then given to voluntary groups. We received such a batch today! Here they are – wrapped, unwrapped and two little ‘uns in use…

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February 16th…

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February 17th…

This area is supposed to be a triangular “clearing” between sections. We’ve cleared it before, but the weeds they keep a-growing. So, weeds cut down again and this mass of snowdrops can be enjoyed in their full glory…

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This urn was intriguing, had to be rolled around. Unfortunately, not in the best light! It’s part of the gravestone which commemorates the first burial at Warriston. The neighbouring stone had a detail begging to be cleared too. And they also have some snowdrops! Lots of snowdrops around, which is lovely to see…

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February 18th…

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February 20th…

A beautiful morning today, with that angled February sunshine coming through the bare deciduous trees to light up the gravestones. When we started four-and-a-half years ago, you couldn’t see through this section. Some ivy has grown back, but it’s nowhere near as bad…

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February 21st…

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February 23rd…

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February 26th…

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February 28th…

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January 2018 round-up.

Various days in January 2018.

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January 1st…

This caught our eye in passing. Had to clear it a bit! Aside from a slur on Scotia’s Darling Seat, it’s an unusual choice of Biblical quotation – not to mention those serpents emerging from the bosses. It’s Hebrews Ch.13 V.14 (and I rather like V.16 also). Didn’t find the cross’s base, so we don’t know who was commemorated. Yet…

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Started as a lovely day! Rained later, though.

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Today there was formed a sub-group entitled “The Rebellious Bored”. And off we went grave-hunting. Here’s the evidence. Yes, there really is an upright stone in there! And now some will understand why we call this area “The Jungle”..

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January 3rd…

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This blue tit is house-hunting already. It checked out this gap in the stonework, disappearing inside twice as I watched.

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The visiting bird-ringer wrote…

I thought, as we’re in the new year now, I’d give everyone a round up of the bird Ringing activities in the cemetery for 2017.
So since July I’ve ringed almost 80 birds at Warriston, the majority of which have been long-tailed tits with massive flocks passing through the area. The highlight being a couple of redwing, a winter visitor, which have been identified as the Scandinavian race or subspecies rather than the Icelandic/Greenland.
Hopefully these birds start turning up in far away lands and give us some valuable information on migration and distributions.
I also do some moth sampling and came across a phyllonorycter messaniella (a leaf mining moth) larvae on the resident holm oak (Pictured below). Which was an interesting find for me.
It’s been great to speak to those who’ve shown an interest and thank you for co-operating and being helpful by avoiding the mist nets when they’ve been set up as I do try to keep away from all the main paths and stick to quiet periods of the day.

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Bold robin.

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January 5th…

For those interested, three more recently identified brick maker marks to add to the five previously posted. The bricks were used for various outbuildings and walls in the head gardener’s cottage area. *Winchburgh* – Winchburgh Brick Works, Winchburgh, West Lothian. *NCB P-Grange* –
Prestongrange Brick, Tile and Fireclay Works, Prestonpans, East Lothian. *Vogrie* – Vogrie Brick and Tile Works, Newlandrif, Gorebridge, Midlothian.

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January 6th…

After a couple of days of rain, we had a light sunny day. What this photograph can’t show, though, is the raw and chilly easterly breeze! Still, it wasn’t nearly as bad as the conditions on the North American continent.

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Some bulbs, impatient for Spring. Aren’t we all!

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January 8th…

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January 11th…

A good day for birding. Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker.

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January 13th…

Here they come…

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January 16th…

16/01/2018. Between light snowfalls.

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January 17th…

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January 18th…

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January 19th…

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January 29th…

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December 2017 round-up.

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We’ve undertaken a joint project with the Council’s Trees & Woodland Officer. Up in the north-east corner there’s a bank which had a load of diseased ash trees (plus too many sycamores and the usual ivy, brambles, nettles, and some convolvulus). Nearby residents had expressed concern. We’ve removed a lot of the undesirable growth – more to go still! Some elm saplings, plus a birch and a hazel have been left in place, plus this mass of mature ivy up a tree trunk.We received 120 shrubs and hedge plants from The Woodland Trust and we’ve been planting them beside the fence. About 80 in, so about 40 to go yet. The second photograph shows some of the clear tubes protecting the new plants. The residents are now receiving more light and warmth into the south-facing rooms and into their drying green. They’re happy! (See the two photos below.)

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Something a bit different. Edinburgh skyline from the south perimeter of the cemetery. (See the three photos below)

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“Winter fun in Edinburgh”

TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) visited the site at the end of 2016 and helped us to plant spring bulbs and build a dead hedge in the Secret Garden. Here is a link to their blog. Their Warriston cemetery visit is recorded about half-way down the page…

https://blogs.tcv.org.uk/tcv-scotland/conservation-volunteer-team/2016/12/12/winter-fun-edinburgh/