Chipping Norton Cemetery bumblebee project (£500 Main Fund Grant, 2016)

Project report by Craig Blackwell

I visited the cemetery today - the yellow rattle that was sown has worked wonders and reduced the vigour of the grassland throughout. As a result other things are beginning to move in, including knapweeds and, would you believe it, common spotted orchids. There were also large numbers of butterflies such as meadow browns and ringlets. The area is also largely clear of weed species such as docks and thistles. I am really pleased because we always knew the area was going to be a bit of a challenge.