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The Cemetery was established in 1861 and the Victorians were very thorough in providing recreational facilities - benches and ponds - and with landscaping and planting of trees. The trees are now fully mature and need careful management; the recreational facilities have been neglected as have the graves and access paths. It is a haven for many types of flora and fauna in this the largest urban open space in the town. The Cemetery also includes a number of listed buildings including two Chapels and a sexton's cottage - all of which are in poor condition. The Cemetery is also a unique source of the history of Malvern with most of the important people in the 19C buried there. In renovating graves, it is important to obtain permission; the graves normally remain in the possession of the family and the Society are working with the Malvern Family History Association to trace the appropriate people. The buildings and public areas are owned by the Malvern Town Council with whom we are working.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The core objective of the project is to raise awareness of the potential of the Cemetery - its history, the people buried there, its wide variety of flora and fauna and the importance that the Victorians attached to the culture of death. Schools could enliven their curricula and emphasise the importance of local people; the community could engage in planting and renovation schemes; the renovated buildings could be used for community purposes and displays relating to the Cemetery; in other towns Victorian cemeteries attract considerable numbers of visitors, some charge for special access but there is an appreciable effect on the local economy.
Steps to get it done:
About the space
Malvern Hills District Council
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