Today we dropped in at the Barnston Monument (about which I wrote a couple of weeks ago), because every time I drove past it I saw a blast of bright colour – yellows blues, reds and bright whites on a deep green backdrop. Phenomenal. It is on one of the Barnston Estate fields, part of the new Monument Meadow Natural Burial Ground, which will replace the churchyard cemetery at St Chad’s in Farndon. The burial ground will have no markers, and caskets will be made of natural materials. The car park, surrounded by small saplings, and the wooden pavilion are already in place. We bumped into a lady having her lunch there. I cannot think of a better place for it.
The photos are a bit fuzzy, because I only had the little camera that I keep in my handbag with me, but they are enough to give an idea of the beauty of the wild flower meadow at the moment. The cornflowers are particularly superb, a dazzling, intense blue.
Barnston Estate near Farndon to build burial ground