The event will take place in Reading Old cemetery, cemetery junction on Sunday 28th April between 2 PM and 4 PM in the afternoon. The event is free and open to all people who are interested in the wildlife in or history of the cemetery.
Some of the activities planned for the afternoon include walks, “Spring Bingo” and a mini-beast hunt.
The project is supported by Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) ‘Get Involved’ funding. RVA has pledged £2000 towards improving Reading Old cemetery. On the day there will also be the opportunity to have your say on what needs doing in the cemetery, comment on how the £2000 should be spent and sign up the new Friends of group Cemetery Junction.
Organiser of the day and well-known local wildlife expert Teresa Verney-Brookes said: “the afternoon should be really fun and enjoyable. It will also be a great opportunity to learn more about this hidden gem in east Reading its history and the wildlife living there. There will be activities for people of all ages from a family orientated self-guided walk, to historical information, to making birdfeeders.”
Local councillor Rob White said: “over recent years I have been working with local residents and organisations to improve cemetery junction. Together we have got a derelict shop brightened up, installed hanging baskets and planted trees across the area. There is still a long way to go, but by working together I'm sure we will continue to make a difference. If you would like to get involved please get in contact.”
Volunteers are also needed to get involved, with all sorts of skills and knowledge, admin, IT, local wildlife, history and practical skills to help manage the site. .