Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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After months of rain the sun is shining and it feels like summer at last!

On Tuesday March 20th a group of 75 children, armed with sketch books, descended on Ryde Cemetery. They were from Years 3 and 4 of Dover Park Primary School and had come on a cross hunt and to look for the signs of spring.

Despite the glorious early October weather the summer ("What Summer?" I hear you say) is drawing to a close and there are signs of autumn in the cemetery.

The six-spot burnet moth is brightly coloured and is active by day. As a result it is often mistaken for a butterfly. People generally think that moths only fly at night but in fact a number, including the six-spot burnet moth, fly by day.

Ryde Cemetery was established on ancient meadow land and has never been subjected to the use of pesticides or herbicides, so in the summer time when the grass is allowed to grow in the Old Parish Cemetery it fills up with beautiful old English meadow flowers.

It seems to be a great year for primroses and as always there are carpets of them throughout Ryde Cemetery.