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11 July 2018 marked the culmination of a £6.2 million project that restored West London’s historic Brompton Cemetery and conserved it for many years into the future.

The four year project was funded through the National Lottery with a £4.5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and BIG Lottery Fund, with the remaining £1.7 million coming from us and our generous donors, with support from The Friends of Brompton Cemetery.

On the day many of the people whose time and passion made the restoration possible gathered at Brompton’s Grade I listed North Lodge, where they took in the brand new visitors centre and café. The addition of these two symmetrical bath stone and glass pavilions has transformed the North Lodge while complementing its original 1830s design.

Quick tours taking in some of the notable graves along the central avenue brought guests to the Grade II listed chapel. It has been completely refurbished, with a restored stone floor and roof faithfully painted to the original design making it a stunning setting fo speeches from some of the cemetery’s most notable stakeholders

New life flourishes in the capital’s places of rest

Can graveyards be cool, as well as beautiful and useful?

Trustee of The Royal Parks Wesley Kerr visits west London’s Brompton Cemetery and discovers that people are using the acres of green space in a fresh way.

Brompton Cemetery is alive. Teeming. A continuous conversation between souls, birdsong, plants, stone and sky. Lime tree avenues a third of a mile long. Big vistas, verdant vignettes; 633 trees from 60 species. My favourites are the black poplar and mature strawberry trees. Brompton, the resting place for 205,000 people – with some famous names among them is this week celebrating an award-winning £6 million conservation and restoration project led by the Royal Parks charity, which manages the Grade I listed, 39-acre landscape.

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