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New life flourishes in the capital’s places of rest

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