The Havant Cemeteries' Project was delivered by The Conservation Volunteers between April 2012 and September 2014.
It provided opportunities for local people to conserve, enhance and discover the natural and social history contained within the borough’s old churchyards, through becoming involved in practical conservation volunteering, wildlife surveying and researching social history.
Local people carried out a range of activities, including the creation of wildflower meadows, planting native spring bulbs and trees, building bird & bat boxes and clearing overgrown vegetation. These maintained the cemeteries as valuable habitats for wildlife, including birds, butterflies, insects and mammals. In addition, they ensured the cemeteries were accessible and pleasant places for people to visit too.
The Project also looked at the social history contained within the cemeteries, recording head stone inscriptions and carrying out research into those buried in them, who included local business people, firemen and others who lost their lives during the World Wars. All of this information was displayed at a local exhibition.
At the conclusion of the Project, a new, local community group was created to continue this work.
If you would like further details about the group or want to take part in the practical projects it runs, which take place every morning on the last Tuesday of each month, please visit the Friends of Havant Cemeteries.
The Havant Cemeteries' Project was run in partnership with Havant Borough Council and supported and financed by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.