The Burial Ground
The 30 acre triangular shaped Lime Kiln Plantation is comprised of mature mixed woodland interspersed with natural glades and areas of limestone outcrops and large limestone boulders.
The predominant hardwood tree species are Ash, Beech, and Sycamore planted in 1900 with a few ancient Common Lime, Wych Elm, Oak and Holly. The main softwoods are European Larch, Corsican Pine and Sitka Spruce planted in the mid-1950s.
The woodland is actively managed to encourage wildlife and enhance biodiversity and most dead wood is left where it falls to provide a habitat for fungi, mosses and invertebrates. Research shows that 40% of the forest eco-system is dependent on dead wood. Some 5000 British species (about 13% of the total) including 750 types of beetle have life cycles that rely on an adequate supply of dead wood.
All the usual wildlife that you would expect to see in woodland are present and if you are really lucky and quiet you might see the elusive woodcock who migrate as far as eastern Siberia to breed or the shy roe deer who have been present in Britain since the Mesolithic period (middle Stone Age) c.10,000BC – c.4,000BC.
A suggested Woodland Walk is marked on the map and on the ground using the classic Alpine white/red/white trail markers painted on tree trunks at eye height. If followed this walk gives the visitor a flavour of the various habitats to be found in this unique corner of Britain.
The Useful Links page has downloadable leaflets concerning the natural history of this area and a link to an excellent local wildlife blog.
We also have a Facebook page where you can see further photographs of the burial ground and access news and comment.
“It might make one in love with death, to think that one should be buried in so sweet a place.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
“In the sweate of thy face shalt thou eate
bread, till thou returne vnto the ground:
for out of it wast thou taken, for dust
thou art, and vnto dust shalt thou
King James’ Bible (completed 1611)