Supplementary Memorandum by the New Opportunities
Fund (CEM 96(a))
The Chairman asked for a note on the extent
to which the Fund's Award Partners under the green spaces and
sustainable communities programme have a track record on cemeteries.
The context was the role which the Award Partners play in providing
support and advice to communities or partnerships applying for
There is a broad range of skills required in
relation to the refurbishment and management of cemeteries. These
may include conservation, project development, fundraising, education,
management of access and recreation, and the promotion and management
of wildlife habitats. Those Award Partners who might fund projects
involving cemeteriesfor example, BTCV, English Nature and
the Countryside Agencywill have all or many of these skills
As far as track record is concerned, BTCV have
frequently renovated cemeteries and church grounds as part of
their conservation work, often in partnership with the Wildlife
Trust and other interested organisations.
English Nature's existing Local Nature Reserve
programme aims to encourage local authorities to make full use
of their powers to declare Local Nature Reserves. The programme
includes several Local Nature Reserves situated in church grounds
and cemeteries (for example, Tower Hamlets cemetery).
Of the Countryside Agency's Millennium Greens
in England, two have been developed in former churchyards (Wem
Millennium Green, Shropshire and St Mary's Millennium Green, Sheffield).