Our little scattering wood autumn update.......
We got off to a good start in the spring this year with mowing the paths back into shape.Then as 'summer' came along, with the wettest June ever, the mowing took a backward step! Luckily, we had good weather around harvest time at the end of August when the sun shone and maintenance of the wood took place.
Along came autumn......well it hasn't stopped raining! Usually, as I write this, by mid October the land is worked and the crops sown for next year. None of this has happened yet, let alone any mowing!! So we wait, and when we get a really good dry spell the final tidy up will be done and the wood 'put to bed' for the winter!
Although keeping on top of the grass in these early years of the wood's development is good for appearance sake, the most important thing is the growth of the trees and shrubs. These are doing really well and the wood is taking shape beautifully. The Pine trees tend to put on too much top growth which can make them unstable in the wet winter soil. We do our best to keep these well staked and, so far, only lost a couple.
All the other trees, and especially some of the shrubs, are looking good.
This is a NATURAL scattering ground and, eventually, when the trees are big enough, the grass will be shaded out to be replaced with a proper woodland floor. I will then plant bluebells which will thrive in that environment. It will feel sheltered, as woodlands do, and not at the mercy of it's exposed hill top blustery position.
SADLY, there was a very upsetting incident in the winter where a bird got caught in a hanging tree decoration. Although I am always stressing that this is a NATURAL setting for scattering ashes, I also understand that pet owners may wish to place small tokens for their pet when they visit.
But, please, no more ornaments in the trees or otherwise. Metal and plastic don't really sit well in a wood do they. Let's just encourage the wildlife to make a happy home here free from danger.
About the woodland scattering option
A beautiful fledgling wood with little paths mowed through it and benches for you to sit back on, reflect and enjoy the peace and quiet.You may scatter your pet's ashes here around the tree of your choice. A special tree marker plaque will be engraved with your own chosen wording. A final, permanent resting place in a completely natural setting.
In the summer you will hear Sky Larks singing high over head, they are a ground nesting bird who have always made their home here at Highfields. Very often a Hare suddenly bolts out of the long grass! You would never know it had been there.
The Memorial Wood Option with tree dedication costs £75
There are no annual fees thereafter.
Also available for pet's ashes you may already have and wish to lay to rest in a permanent natural setting.
Highfields Farm and the Convent are private property. Memorial Wood is open to customers of the pet crematorium only, thank you.