Berkhamsted cemetery project team wins award for transforming cemetery into a reinvigorated space

The award recognises a project that makes outstanding contribution to the environment

Friday, 7th May 2021, 5:33 pm

The Rectory Lane Cemetery Project has won the Berkhamsted Citizens Association’s (BCA) 2021 Environment Award.

The BCA’s Township Committee present the annual award to a project that makes an outstanding contribution to the environment of Berkhamsted.

BCA decided the project’s long-term work to transform the cemetery into a reinvigorated space was deserving of the award.

Berkhamsted Gardeners Society putting in the first of the plants

A spokesperson for Rectory Lane Cemetery said: "We are very grateful to the Citizens Association for according us this accolade and look forward to unveiling the plaque which will be fixed at the entrance to the Cemetery on Rectory Lane at an appropriate time when we can celebrate together.

"We were also pleased to see that members of the Berkhamsted Gardeners Society were recognised in the awards for their lovely restoration and planting of the flowerbed to the rear of the station.

"They are looking after the planting in our own Garden of Remembrance too."

The judges said: "This year we were agreed unanimously that a candidate merited our highest award, the plaque.

The team transformed the cemetery into a reinvigorated space

"So, for its outstanding design, its sensitive remodelling and refurbishment, the quality of its materials, its environmental attributes, and simply the finest community project seen in Berkhamsted in recent years, we have decided to give our most prestigious award to the Friends of St. Peter’s for the Transformation of the Rectory Lane Cemetery from ‘Dead Space to Living Place’."