Summer round-up | Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Summer round-up

Phil Chambers using his wheelchair in the cemteryJuly has been a particularly busy month – we commissioned Phil Chambers (left), who visited the site in his wheelchair, to report back on how access could be improved for disabled users; we welcomed our first formal booked tour for local genealogists; the work party tackled removing self-seeded tree stumps growing inside the kerbing of several graves, and local architect and group member Hugo Hardy ran a workshop to look at how the top end of the site could be used. This area has important ecological habitats and a strip of land which encloses an important buffer of trees. The workshop explored ways in which this little visited part of the site could be enhanced and managed.

We’d like to thank all those organisations and businesses who have helped us with funding (Berkhamsted Town Council awarded us a grant of £500 recently). Although the Heritage Lottery Fund are providing a major grant, we still need to secure significant match-funding to ensure the project is successful.

Can you help?

people meeting in the cemeteryWe always value your help – for work parties and looking after the site, research (over 1,000 headstones!), publicity (manning market stalls, promoting events); help with events, guiding, IT, mapping – or just telling others about the Project! Please get in touch if you would like to take part in this local initiative.