On Saturday 25 June this group of 8 Friends came together in the Meeting House Garden. We conducted a biodiversity survey of our wildflower meadow, newly established in 2022.
The range of species identified was impressive. Using a plant identification app called Picture This, we photographed wild plants and flowers in the grass area. We uploaded these results to a record section on the Royal Horticultural Society website.
The event was inspired as a response to Armed Forces Celebration Day. A number of us were led to write a letter to our local newspaper, the Hemel Gazette. This is an interview with Friends. Hemel Hempstead member Jonathan Kempster, who is also an audio journalist and podcaster, recorded it on the day and posted it on his Oral History series on Soundcloud.
Quakers are opposed to war. The Peace Testimony has been a source of inspiration to Friends through the centuries, for it points to a way of life which embraces all human relationships. As a Society we have been faithful throughout in maintaining a corporate witness against all war and violence. However, in our personal lives we have continually to wrestle with the difficulty of finding ways to reconcile our faith with practical ways of living it out in the world.