Become a Friend of the town’s cemetery

Alnwick Cemetery.
Alnwick Cemetery.
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Residents are being invited to help maintain and improve the cemetery in Alnwick through becoming a Friend.

The Friends of Alnwick Cemetery programme is now in its third year and the next session takes place on Saturday and anyone wishing to help should meet at the entrance on South Road at 9.30am.

As well as helping to maintain this key community asset, you can also be involved in new developments in the cemetery including preparing the new burial area to the west and the natural burial area at the top of the main avenue.

In addition to keeping the cemetery tidy, Alnwick Town Council undertakes annual planting of trees, shrubs and bulbs as well as activities that will make it a more wildlife-friendly space, which this year has included the installation of an owl box.

John Humphries, the new chairman of the town council’s cemetery committee, said: “The Friends of Alnwick Cemetery programme is important to us.

“On behalf of the town council, I would like to thank all those who have been Friends of the Cemetery in the past as they’ve made a real difference to the way the cemetery looks.”

Last year, Alnwick Cemetery was proud to win a gold in the Northumbria in Bloom competition and is keen to achieve this again this year.

The Friends of the Cemetery meet monthly, usually for a couple of hours on a Saturday morning. All equipment is provided but people should wear sturdy footwear and it sometimes gets muddy.

Anyone interested but who cannot make it on Saturday should contact 01665 602574 or email alnwicktownclerk@btconnect.com