Posts Tagged ‘Decatur Cemetery’

Trees Atlanta will return this week with its herd of sheep to help control Japanese hops, kudzu and other invasive plants on the steep slope between Section 14 and the creek at the Decatur Cemetery.

“Sheep offer a low-impact solution for controlling invasive plants on hard to maintain sites,” said Trees Atlanta Forest Restoration Coordinator  Brian Williams.  “As long as the sites do not contain sensitive or endangered plants that we want to keep safe, sheep can graze and help us eliminate invasive plants until they are gone,” he continued. Trees Atlanta led the recent woodland restoration effort in the stream corridor on the east side of the Cemetery.

The sheep in this program are protected by a human shepherd and livestock guardian dogs, and the sites are surrounded by solar powered, low-voltage electrified fencing to keep the sheep safe and on-task while they are working. The work is expected to take 7 to 10 days at the Cemetery.

Trees Atlanta has used sheep to help eradicate invasive plants at Decatur Cemetery, the Atlanta Beltline, Chastain Park, Kirkwood Forest, Morningside Nature Preserve, Candler Park, Herbert Green Nature Preserve, Perkerson Park and other green spaces in metro Atlanta. The sheep are provided by Ewe-niversally Green, a local firm that specializes in environmentally sound conservation techniques.

For more information about Trees Atlanta and Ewe-niversally Green, see www.treesatlanta.org and www.eweniversallygreen.com.

Sheep leap 9.24.2013


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Informative rambles around Decatur Cemetery are sponsored by the Friends of Decatur Cemetery on the second Sunday of each month now through October. New information gleaned from ongoing research has expanded the content of these tours, so if it has been a while since you joined a stroll, come meet some of Decatur’s oldest residents. Tours last about an hour and begin at the Gazebo off Commerce Drive at 2:30 p.m. For more information email friendsofdecaturcemetery@gmail.com.

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Sheep leap 9.24.2013

Missed the sheep when they feasted at Decatur Cemetery in September? You’ve got a second chance to meet them, this time in the Oakhurst Greenspace just south of Agnes Scott College.

“Meet the Sheep” is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, December 3 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The sheep should be around for four or five days, depending on how quickly they eat invasive species like kudzu and Chinese privet.

More info can be found on the Trees Atlanta website.

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In case you missed it, Fox 5 Atlanta aired a story Friday morning about the sheep eating Japanese hops & kudzu in Decatur Cemetery. Check it out: City calls in sheep for clean up at Decatur Cemetery


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For those of you wondering when the sheep in Decatur Cemetery will arrive, good news: the sheep are here! They should be at the cemetery for the next 7 – 10 days, depending on how quickly they eat. (The rule of thumb is 100 sheep can clear one acre in one week.) The community is welcome to come see the sheep and their guardian dogs anytime the Cemetery is open.

Sheep leap 9.24.2013

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Additional information about using sheep to control invasive plant species can be found at the Trees Atlanta and Ewe-niversally Green websites.

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Whether photography is your passion, your hobby, or just an occasional pastime, we invite you to participate in our Decatur Cemetery Master Plan Implementation photo contest, celebrating the largest green space in Decatur.

There will be two prizes awarded, one for amateurs and the other for professionals. The winning photos will be displayed on the Decatur website and will be displayed in the new Decatur Cemetery Office. Both amateur and professional photographers are welcome to participate.

To enter, take current photos of the Decatur Cemetery. Entries must be submitted by the original photographer. Photos may be 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 color or black and white prints. You may submit up to five prints. All entries will become the property of the City of Decatur and will not be returned. All photos must be received by May 31, 2010.

Mail to:   Decatur Cemetery Photo Contest, 2635 Talley Street, Decatur, GA 30030

Photos will be judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality, and effectiveness in conveying the green space or the unique character of the cemetery. Subject can be people enjoying walking pets in the cemetery, landscapes, etc. Judges will select winning photos from both the amateur and professional categories.

Good luck!

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Decatur Cemetery gazeboFrom Susan at the Decatur Preservation Alliance:

“To honor the veterans buried in Decatur Cemetery, the Friends of Decatur Cemetery (FODC), a project of Decatur Preservation Alliance, will place flags on the graves followed by a ceremony on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11.

We need your help!  FODC is in the process of identifying the 700 to 1,000 veterans’ graves in the cemetery by doing walking surveys.  If you would like to help locate these graves, there are two opportunities:  this Saturday, July 25, beginning at 9 a.m. or next Wednesday, July 29, at 9 a.m.  We will meet at the cemetery office, and we promise that you will find this interesting!

Please contact Nancie Sill, who is in charge of the survey, if you have any questions or to let her know that you are coming to help.  Nancie’s email address is nanciesill@comcast.net,  or you may call her at 404.247.8888.  Also, if you know of a veteran’s gravesite and want to make sure it’s included, please let Nancie know.

We are grateful to Victoria Collier of The Elder and Disability Law Firm of Victoria L. Collier, PC, for her generous sponsorship of this project.”

Sounds like a fun way to spend some time outside in this fabulous green space.

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Photo from Wikipedia

Photo from Wikipedia

In this economic climate, we are all looking for FREE things to entertain us and our families. The Historic Decatur Cemetery is a great place to visit, take a walk  and visit the historic gravesites. The cemetery is believed to have been an old church burial ground taken into the city when it was chartered in 1823. The two oldest headstone inscriptions date to 1827 and 1828 and belong to Ann Reynolds and  David Young.  

Did you know that the poet Dr. Thomas Chivers is buried here? Dr. Chivers was a doctor who abandoned his medical practice for his poetry and is best known for his strong, but stormy relationship withEdgar Allen Poe. Chivers was perhaps the first American writer to record black language and dialect. He lived in Decatur late in life, and was buried, at his own request, at the foot of his front doorstep before retirement to the Decatur Cemetery.

Mary Gay, famous author of Life of Dixie During the War, has her final resting place in the cemetery. Her book was used as a source for Gone With the Wind. Her home, restored by the DeKalb Junior League, is on West Trinity Street.

Benjamin Swanton was an early Decatur entrepreneur who operated a gristmill, a tannery, a brickyard and a cotton gin. The Swanton House has decatur-geese1been restored and can also be found on West Trinity.

Be sure to bring some bread with you to feed the ducks and geese that enjoy sunning and swimming in the lake.    

 For more information and a brochure with a map of points to visit, stop by the Cemetery Office.

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