Brompton Cemetery, one of the oldest Grade I garden cemeteries in the country, will help to be transformed by a £4.5million funding pledge from the BIG Lottery and Heritage Lottery Funds.
This pledge along with a £1.2million investment from The Royal Parks and £500,000 from The Royal Parks Foundation will allow Brompton Cemetery to:
- turn the North Lodge into a visitor centre, shop, cafe and accessible toilets with two small pavilion extensions
- restore the majestic chapel, central colonnades and catacombs
- help conserve the historic landscape, buildings and monuments
- aid wildlife conservation to maintain and improve existing habitats
- create a volunteering programme to help conserve and interpret the cemetery; and
- improve the funerary business to reinvigorate it as a working cemetery where families can lay their loved ones to rest.
This includes funding from City Living, Local Life in Redcliffe ward that brought in the local community with a range of events and activities with local youth organisations, older people’s groups and residents as well as support for the initial investigation into the condition of the Chapel.
Arthur Tait, the Chairman of the Friends of Brompton Cemetery, said:
“The project will help bring a new lease of life to the cemetery; from conserving the landscape and buildings to providing visitor, volunteer and information facilities. It will be a hub for volunteering, training, and a place of relaxation for children and families while still being a haven for those who want peace, quiet and beauty.”
The Lottery funding will be released once The Royal Parks Foundation have match-fundraised the £500,000 required – and they’re halfway there already!
If you would like to make a donation to the project, either as a gift or by dedicating a bench to a loved one, information can be found on the Royal Parks Foundation website.
As well as donations, the project is also calling out for volunteers who will play a huge part in the future management and enjoyment of the cemetery. To find out more about volunteering opportunities contact The Brompton Cemetery Project Office on email@example.com, telephone 020 7349 8161 or write to The Partnership and Community Engagement Office, c/o The Chapel Office, Brompton Cemetery, Fulham Road, London, SW10 9UG.