Wed 11 Mar 2020
Herb Troughs - Site of the old Strangers', Upland Road - by Douzenier Jax Robin, Floral Co-Ordinator
This project carried out by our Parish Groundsmen and myself on the site of the former Strangers' Cemetery is now ready to be enjoyed by all.
First, a little history; This land which was purchased on 27th April 1780 at a cost of 5 quarts of wheat rente per verge (2 vergees purchased) for the burial of soldiers from the Garrison and strangers generally.
'A stranger was anyone who had not acquired the right of domicile in the Town or Parish of St. Peter Port, hence the name Strangers' Cemetery'.
In 1928 care of the cemetery was transferred to the Constables and Douzaine of the Parish and the area was turned into a garden with trees shrubs and pathways. Up until 1933, there were still gravestones in both sections. In 1950 due to their poor condition, many gravestones were removed and destroyed, except for Sgt, MacDonald's which has been kept in good order by the 79th and 93rd Highland Regiments, The Edinburgh Sutherland Association and most recently in the late 1990s by the Guernsey Church of Scotland and can be viewed in the grassed of the northern section.
Last year we gained planning permission to install a stepping stone path leading down to two planters that our groundsmen have upcycled from old containers with a built-in reservoir and with the help and advice of Nigel Clarke, Queux Patio Plants, we planted up with herbs in peat-free compost. The rest of the area has been spruced up and six Rowan trees planted. Due to the site's proximity to the school and our current planting policy we have worked with Nigel's Green Legacy Project and are making the site allergy-friendly as we can.
The aim of this project is to encourage the public to walk down the path, read the information board, which will be on the front of the herb planters about the site and pick some herbs to use.
In addition, a Pollen Pollution Trap Hedge between the existing planting in front of the electricity substation has been added using low energy native plants. Now planting is complete in the near future I'd like to install a couple of benched to further encourage more use of the area.
These pictures show the Parish Groundsmen placing their upcycled planters and Nigel Clarke of Queux Patio and myself after we had planted them out.