Barry Town Council is responsible for Merthyr Dyfan Cemetery, Porthkerry Cemetery, Philadelphia Cemetery, Pioneer Hall, Cemetery Approach Gardens and are Planning Consultees. Our primary commitments to biodiversity fall within our green spaces.

Did you know that Merthyr Dyfan Cemetery provides 55 acres of green space and that there are 59 different species of wildflower and over 700 trees?

Merthyr Dyfan Cemetery is an important habitat for wildlife and is a valuable green sanctuary in the heart of the town. As part of Barry Town Council’s commitment to increasing biodiversity, the grass in older parts of the Cemetery is being deliberately mown less frequently. Left a little longer, lawns have the potential to become a resource for a wide range of organisms.

Did you know that Merthyr Dyfan Cemetery is also home to five bee hives? The entrance to the Cemetery has another unique surprise; a wonderful Biodiversity Pond that is rich with wildlife. Bird and Bat Boxes are also in place throughout the Cemetery and tree work is prohibited between 1 March and 31 August to protect nesting birds throughout this period.

Barry Town Council only permit biodegradable materials to be used within the Cemeteries and most recently has halted the use of Bios Urns.

The Bios Urns were introduced as an alternative method of burial, allowing loved ones of the bereaved to purchase a biodegradable pot embedded with seeds of their choice; with the idea being that a Tree would grow in time. It was reported that the transport of the Bios urn from South America placed a heavy imprint on our carbon footprint and so it was decided that a new, environmentally friendly alternative would be implemented. The concept of the Bios Urn is still the same. However, the Council now purchases native tree saplings locally which has greatly reduced our carbon footprint.

Information boards can also be found throughout the Cemetery which detail the various wildlife and biodiversity that can be discovered. Leaves and flowers are also left to decompose and used as compost, whilst logs are kept and used as a habitat for a variety of insects and recycled throughout the community.

Town and Community Councils are subject to the Biodiversity and Ecosystems Resilience Duty under the Environment (Wales) Act 2016. Under this Act, all public authorities must, before the end of 2019 and before the end of every third year after 2019, publish a report on what they have done to comply with this duty. To see this report, please click below

Biodiversity and Ecosystems Resilience Duty under the Environment (Wales) Act 2016