The Footprint Trust launched its Cemetery Warden scheme on Friday 13th November last year, which has proved a good omen rather than a bad one. To date some 15 keen local people have come forward to train. The project, which covers the whole island, has been made possible thanks to support from Heritage Lottery funded West Wight Landscape Partnership.
Those wishing to train and become Cemetery Wardens have expressed an interest in nature conservation, the landscape, heritage and the community – and the scheme intends to seek to bring together these diverse concerns.
The Trust is to hold an open evening to introduce the initiative at The Parish Hall, Victoria Road, Freshwater on Friday 4th June at 7.30pm. All those who have already expressed an interest are invited along with an open invitation to other would-be recruits.
“Cemetery Wardens will act as ambassadors for burial grounds, seeking to inform, educate and involve the local community and working with the owners of the site. They will work with other interested individuals and groups to assist in looking after the local burial ground.”
Said Ray Harrington-Vail of the Trust.
There is to be an all day training event on Saturday 28th August for the new wardens. This scheme covers all burial grounds, including municipal cemeteries and churchyards, subject to the owner’s permission.
The scheme welcomes people of all faiths, or none, to take part in this on going project. All those completing this free training course will be volunteers of the Footprint Trust and insured by them. The scheme will work with other groups that have an interest in ecology, heritage and conservation.
If you have an interest in burial grounds please contact the Footprint Trust for more details or find the leaflet in your local library. firstname.lastname@example.org Tel; 01983 82-22-82.
Footprint Trust 01983 822282