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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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.

The IW Council has successfully completed a £450,000 Heritage Lottery funded project to restore Ryde Cemetery. On Friday 10 and Saturday 11 September we will be celebrating the successful completion of the Restoration Project by hosting two open days as part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme.

As is usual for this time of the year the meadow parts of the cemetery are a pretty sight with many tall grasses and wildflowers.