Rectory Lane Cemetery is a historic ‘detached’ church cemetery, founded in 1842, and it is one of the precious few green spaces in Berkhamsted. The Rectory Lane Cemetery Project was established in 2014 to celebrate the historical connections with Berkhamsted through families interred in the Cemetery.
We have now begun an exciting three-year project to transform the Cemetery, creating a new community space with an enhanced wildlife domain and restored heritage features. The friends have secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund for this scheme, enabling us to restore a neglected area and conserve our heritage for future generations.
Since our volunteers began in 2014, we have:
To make all this possible we have raised funds from grants, donations and through community schemes run by Waitrose and Tesco. Now the Friends of St Peter’s have secured £907,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund, which means we can do even more.
To enhance the Cemetery for the whole community, we will be creating:
An expert monument conservator has also been engaged to advise us on repairing selected monuments in the Cemetery.
Schools, students and researchers will be able to come to the cemetery for historical or environmental studies.
Local residents will also have opportunities to learn practical skills through volunteering and participating in conservation work, promoting health and wellbeing in an inspirational, accessible space.