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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Trees & Shrubs

Ryde Cemetery is home to a huge variety of plants, some were planted as part of the design and layout of the Cemetery and graves, and many are self seeded.

In 1999 the IW Gardens Trust carried out a complete survey of all the trees and shrubs in Ryde Cemetery.

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The results of the 1999 survey can be found here and the map showing the location of the trees here.
In September 2013 Jonyth & John from the IW Gardens Trust carried out another survey in the cemetery and it is interesting to see how much has changed in the past 14 years. Some of the original trees are now gone and new ones have appeared – either having been planted or self-seeded.
The results of the 2013 survey can be found here and the map showing the location of the trees here.

RSHG is grateful to IW Gardens Trust for sharing this work with us.

Next in size are the shrubs which were planted in the original hedges surrounding the Cemetery. Over time, some shrubs and cultivated plants have been planted on some of the graves.

In autumn the brambles (that are considered a nuisance for most of the year) yield a large harvest of juicy blackberries.

In winter the rosehips and the red berries on the holly bushes and yew trees add a welcome and vibrant splash of colour to the Cemetery and provide a food source for the many birds that live there.

 

Trees & Shrubs gallery