Hitchin Cemetery rejuvenated following volunteer work of friends group

Councillor Lynda Needham and Councillor Jane Gray, on the bench, with Councillor Peter Burt and othe

Councillor Lynda Needham and Councillor Jane Gray, on the bench, with Councillor Peter Burt and others. - Credit: Archant

Councillors, volunteers and members of the public gathered at a Hitchin cemetery on Wednesday to celebrate its rejuvenation.

The Hitchin Cemetery Garden of Remembrance Project has seen flowers planted, certain trees removed or reshaped, and other topiary redesigned to create attractive and colourful spaces in the older parts of Hitchin Cemetery in St John’s Road.

The renovation was carried out by North Herts District Council in collaboration with the Countryside Management Service, a friends group carrying out their voluntary tasks from February.

Councillor Peter Burt, who has responsibility for the environment at the district council, said: “We are delighted to see the older areas of the cemetery being rejuvenated.

“The sensitive and respectful management has enhanced the attractiveness of the cemetery and richness of wildlife in a way that is sympathetic to this traditional Victorian cemetery.


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“The space will provide future generations with a quiet place for remembrance and contemplation, in an inspiring setting.

“Much of the work carried out on this project has been undertaken by volunteers, and we are very grateful for their help.”

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Councillor Derrick Ashley, who is responsible for the environment at Herts County Council, added: “This project has developed a welcoming and characterful space within the cemetery, and the work of volunteers has been central to this achievement.

“We welcome the establishment of a friends group, which will help harness local enthusiasm for the cemetery and encourage even more people to get involved.”

If you would like to join in the regular volunteering activities at the cemetery, contact the grounds maintenence at the district council on 01462 474000.

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