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Conservation Progress at Heene Cemetery

Funded on Spacehive 22 November 2018 Delivered 9 August 2019

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Conservation Progress at Heene Cemetery

Friends of Heene Cemetery By Friends of Heene Cemetery

We are a group of volunteers who have been working to preserve and improve the meadowland by removing brambles. We are now looking to engage the community with our conservation development plans.

Worthing Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 22 Nov 2018!

The Friends of Heene Cemetery have been volunteering for three years to transform the overgrown cemetery and in that time we have installed three water butts, introduced two bee hives, four hedgehogs and laid meadow mats. We are now looking to take our conservation and heritage efforts further by building a dead hedge, installing tree plaques, squirrel proof bird feeding stations, commissioning tree carvings and undertaking a butterfly survey throughout 2019. As part of this, we are hoping to engage more of the local community in our work by holding PowerPoint presentations of our work and future plans during the winter and recruiting new volunteers to help with the research and procurement of resources for installation in Spring 2019.Open Days and tours in the Spring and Summer to show the fruits of our work will be advertised on our noticeboard and on Facebook. We have a monthly column in the Worthing Journal and advertise our work in the local church magazine The Botoloph Bell.

What we'll deliver:

  • Procure a specialist to carry out Tree Trunk Carvings
  • Research and order Tree Plaques
  • Organise a Butterfly Survey
  • Public Presentations and Volunteer Recruitment
  • Purchase Squirrel Proof bird feeding stations
  • Attend Develop Volunteering Strategy Training
  • Pollard and treat a goat willow tree ready for carving

Why it's a great idea:

Heene Cemetery is a West Sussex Site of Nature Conservation importance and is home to a wide variety of grasses, flowers and wildlife. We want to share this haven with others by developing points of interest and education. By carving the trunks of self seeded trees which have had their branches removed to let light into the meadowland. Identifying and clearly labelling the various trees of interest that remain growing and providing shelter to wildlife. Purchasing squirrel proof bird feeding stations will encourage back the small birds which have been recorded in this green space in the past. Holding a public presentation of our work with a view to recruiting volunteers to carry out research and practical gardening will help to sustain the project into the future. We find that when volunteers come to work with us, they enjoy the feeling of purpose and develop their self confidence and pride in their achievements. A great deal of learning takes place by sharing ideas.

Steps to get it done:

  • Procure a tree carver
  • Purchase new items
  • Conduct a Butterfly survey
  • Host 5 events
  • Attend Develop your Volunteer Strategy training
  • Pollard and treat a damaged Goat Willow Tree

Location Worthing

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Worthing Borough Council

How will the money be spent?Total £3,624

Tree Carving - £1,500 (41%)
Tree Plaques - £1,000 (28%)
Goat Willow Pollard and Treat - £350 (10%)
Event expenses - £200 (6%)
Bird Seed and Nuts - £200 (6%)
Squirrel proof bird feeders - £100 (3%)
Butterfly Survey - £50 (1%)
Other - £224 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Tree Carving
Tree Plaques
Goat Willow Pollard and Treat
Event expenses
Bird Seed and Nuts
Squirrel proof bird feeders
Butterfly Survey
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Tool sharpening and maintenance
  • Pruners and Secateurs
  • Bramble Gardening Gloves

Total £3,624

Our Volunteer List

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