The Silver Birch Tree, Mill Road Cemetery

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The Silver Birch Tree Mill Road Cemetery

The trees in Mill Road Cemetery have been particularly important in my life, especially in recent months.

I enjoy watching the seasons change and the blossom grow, the leaves flourish and then fall, and the silhouettes of winter trees. The silver birch has always been one of my favourites. We had one in the garden I played in as a child. I love the white silvery peeling bark.
 
I am reminded of a Sylvia Plath poem.

‘Winter Trees’

The wet dawn inks are doing their blue
dissolve,
On their blotter of fog the trees
Seem a botanical drawing-
Memories growing, ring on ring.
A series of weddings.

By: Amanda Morris-Drake, Headteacher

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