The Old Blue Cross Pet Cemetery

 

News Letter No 2 

September 2016

 

Another busy year, work in a garden never stops but that is the challenge, the volunteers that come together for our clean up days enjoy their time together and at the end of the day the reward of a job well done.

Our first Open Day on the 20th August was unfortunately blighted by the heaviest rainfall we had had for weeks but those who visited the Pet Cemetery were generous with the congratulations on what we have achieved and also in their donations which we rely on for equipment, cleaning fluids , weed killer and plant food to name but a few. 

We are proud of having achieved the majority of our aims which you can read listed below.  

Aims

Refresh the Memorial Stones

Replant the garden with environmentally friendly plants

Install bird and bat boxes

Repair Seating

Map Stones in the Cemetery

Invite Educational visits from school groups

Possible Memorial Wall for commemorative Plaques. 

Achievements so Far

Stone cleaning following advice from a stone mason this has been stared but is on going

New Seating  Two Park Benches RGB Parks Dept

                        Surround Tree Benches Installed by Eltham Men in Sheds with Grant from

                        Metropolitan Parks and Gardens Association

Shrub and bedding planting Thompsons Garden Centre

                                                   RBG Parks Dept

Two Rockeries Built plants supplied by Thompsons Garden Centre

Installation Boxes 4 bird boxes, one Bat Box, two bug hotels and two bug boxes installed

Gardening Advice Andrew Martinvos Thompsons Garden Centre

Memorial Wall  first plaque mounted on wall March 2015 currently 11 on wall 1 on order

Council Grant (17th May GT) Decorative Arch, Stone Seat, Wall Mounted Notice Board in place 

Publicity Article in Autumn issue London Landscapes magazine for London Parks and gardens Trust

                Article in Greenwich Time 17th May 2016 part of Community Grant Scheme

Water Access  Locked  Boxed Tap Installed

Highways Department     Street sign currently being made, keep a look out it will be blue with

                                             a white paw print and the words “The Old Blue Cross Pet Cemetery”

                                            It will be placed near the zebra crossing opposite the Fox under the Hill

Power Point Presentation      collated, please contact Liz McDermott to request a Presentation

Website collated www.oldbluecrosspetcemetery.org.uk

Mapping of stones  area has now been mapped and the inscriptions, were legible, recorded

Educational Programmes  yet to be compiled 

Our thanks go to on-going Support from:

Particular Thanks to Cllr David Stanley in obtaining the Community Grant for the Pet Cemetery

RBG Parks and Gardens Department

Thompsons Garden Centre

Volunteers from the Community 10,000 Scheme

Members of the Community

 

Liz McDermott    Chair FOPC      mcdermott_liz@hotmail.com         07815558680