Cemetery Wildlife

Wildflowers growing in Chesham CemeteryWorking with the Town Council, the Friends of Chesham Cemetery initiated the Chesham Cemetery Wildflower Project in 2007. The cemetery has a lot of wildlife potential, as it is an area of unimproved chalk grassland. This is a rare habitat as most chalk grasslands have been ploughed up or fertilised. The cemetery land has never been treated in this way, and in consultation with families of the deceased interred in the cemetery, the Friends identified a sample area where the management of the land has been changed to revive the old meadow that would once have been there. Within the first year, aquilegia and red clover had already returned. In conjunction with the Chesham and District Natural History Society there is also a scheme to monitor the butterflies and plants in the cemetery.