As The Compassionate Friends mark its 50th anniversary we are exited to have been given this commemorative garden which we are restoring to a place of natural beauty. Butterfly Meadow is situated behind St. Mary the Virgin church yard in Shenfield. It is the perfect destination for a walk to enjoy the wild flowers, butterflies and minibeasts that live in the meadow. It’s a dog friendly meadow where you can sit and enjoy the peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of life.
We are grateful to Essex Wildlife Trust (John McLaughlin), the Parish of St. Mary the Virgin (Linda and Alan Ward, and the legendary Bill Hinley) and to Bennetts Funerals for this wonderful space.
Things are looking much clearer up at Butterfly Meadow since the mechanical cutter came in and made light work of the intrusive vegetation.
A lorry full of the dumped material from the western edge of the plot has been removed with many thanks to Chris Davis and his grab lorry. The majority of the nettle growth has been reduced to allow ease of access around the perimeter of the meadow although maintaining a modest amount of nettles for the benefit of the butterflies.
We welcomed the hard work of Community Service Volunteers at the meadow who cleaned the stones on the sundial and kindly bought us a bin to reduce littering. They also placed solar lights around the centre of the maze and if you look closely around the benches you will find some new faces peeping out.
We raised over £200 at our Tea & Cake at 50 event last month. Thanks to everyone who came along to the walk to Butterfly Meadow and enjoyed the lovely tea at Merrymeade House.