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However the graveyard continued to fall victim to Mother Nature. Sadly, hundreds of gravestones considered unstable were deliberately toppled flat adding to its general air of neglect and rendering inscriptions unreadable. But while the monuments, plinths and tombstones rotted, birds like sparrowhawks, tawny owls and kingfishers around nearby Water of Leith thrived. At ground level a skulk of foxes and, it's believed, badgers, have made the cemetery their home among the aucuba, white flowering mock orange, prickly brambles and ivy. It's thought more wily foxes have actually taken up residence within the thick ivy that covers the mural monuments wall, living a high rise life above Hyperdunk Nike Basketball Shoes
and Historical Monuments Scotland, everyone conscious that they are a valuable record of what remains, and that the relentless decay will only lead to more crumbling and inscriptions becoming unreadable in the future. He was visiting Edinburgh last year when he met local genealogist Caroline Gerard wandering around an overgrown cemetery searching for family history clues. Together they resolved to do something to halt further decline and the idea for a Friends of Warriston Cemetery took shape. The group has been working with the city council to plot how to balance tidying up the area and preventing further damage to tombstones and monuments without interfering with precious wildlife such as badgers. Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, says the volunteers' work is appreciated: "Warriston is a cemetery of great historical significance and one of the oldest in Edinburgh. As this is an area of diverse wildlife, every precaution will be taken to ensure that this is protected, while making the cemetery accessible to visitors. I would like to thank the volunteers who are giving up their time to take part and help preserve this fascinating piece of Edinburgh's history.
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"Friends group founder Caroline stresses the approach is a softly softly attempt to reclaim the heritage of the cemetery while retaining its status as a haven for wildlife. "We feel it can be managed so there is a balance between heritage and it being an urban wildlife site," she explains. "It won't take a day but perhaps once it's tidied up people will take more pride in it and can enjoy both the heritage and the nature. "Space for lavish monumentsIt was designed by city architect David Cousin in 1842 in response to wealthy Victorians' demands for carefully groomed burial places that could reflect their status. He designed it with space for lavish monuments, large family tombs and ornate stones all set in carefully landscaped gardens and walkways. Like other Victorian garden cemeteries that followed, it was privately owned. In 1994, following a suggestion that the graves could be exhumed and the land used for development, the overgrown cemetery was bought by the city council.
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