Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Memoranda


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 funding.

  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 cemeteries—for example, BTCV, English Nature and the Countryside Agency—will have all or many of these skills in-house.

  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).

January 2001


 
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