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Volunteer opportunities at Torrisholme Cemetery

The Cemeteries Office are now in the process of establishing a Friends of Torrisholme Cemetery Group. 

Opening in 1906, Torrisholme Cemetery on Westgate in Morecambe is a significant historic green space and is a current Green Flag Award Winning site. The site has numerous burial and interment options, our beautiful non consecrated chapel building, Wildflower Meadow and Woodland Burial Area.

We will work with the Group to create opportunities for gardening, fundraising, holding appropriate events, and creating a welcoming community space.

Volunteers of all abilities are welcome - no particular skills or experience are required.

Please contact the Cemeteries Office for more information: cemeteries@lancaster.gov.uk Telephone: 01524 582635


Torrisholme Cemetery win Green Flag Award 2021/22

We are thrilled to announce that Torrisholme Cemetery has been awarded the Green Flag Award for the third consecutive year.

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the UK and around the world. Torrisholme Cemetery is one of 2,000 sites across the country to collect the award for 2021. We are extremely proud to be raising our flag in a another year when millions of people have seen the value of having great quality green space on their doorstep. Thanks to the dedication of our hard working staff, our grounds have achieved the highest international standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. Thanks also go to those who visit our cemetery respectfully, and to those that tend to their family graves. We hope you continue to enjoy visiting the site.

Vote for us!

It has continued to be a challenging time for everyone during 2021. Our staff have been working hard to not only prioritise burials but to maintain our grounds so that the sites are still accessible and attractive for all our visitors.

Please help us acknowledge the hard work of our staff by voting for us as part of the Green Flag Award People's Choice here - just click 'vote for this site' on the right of the page. That's it - one click, you don't need to leave your name or any details. You can also vote for Lancaster City Council's other award winning sites:

If you would like to contribute to the success of our site, we are currently welcoming expressions of interest to our new Friends of Torrisholme Cemetery group. Volunteers who join the group will have the opportunity to tend to the cemetery, and undertake their own projects in conjunction with our office. This could include light gardening work, right up to undertaking major projects such as renovating and creating new areas of interest. In 2022 we aim to meet all those interested on site to discuss opportunities further. Please email cemeteries@lancaster.gov.uk or telephone 01524 582635 to be kept up to date with developments.


Bereavement Counselling

Experiencing the loss of a loved one at any time can be devastating. During the pandemic, you may find that it has been more difficult to cope as support of family and friends is not as readily available due to social distancing restrictions. 

Lancashire based charity CancerCare are offering bereavement counselling free of charge to adults and secondary school children experiencing the loss of a loved one during the pandemic. 
This service is available to anyone coping with loss, whatever the cause, across Lancashire and South Cumbria.For more information, please contact CancerCare:


Volunteer opportunities at Lancaster Cemetery

Lancaster Cemetery - Crocus
 Lancaster Cemetery

The Cemeteries Office are now in the process of establishing a Friends of Lancaster Cemetery Group. 

Opening in 1855, Lancaster Cemetery on Quernmore Road is a significant landmark of the district. The site has 3 historic Grade II Chapel buildings, and it is still a working cemetery.

There is significant green space, and therefore opportunities for gardening, fundraising, preserving our local heritage and creating a welcoming community space. 

Volunteers of all abilities are welcome - no particular skills or experience are required.

Please contact the Cemeteries Office for more information: cemeteries@lancaster.gov.uk Telephone: 01524 582635


Torrisholme Cemetery is recognised as one of the UK’s very best green spaces 

Torrisholme Cemetery in Morecambe has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world. The cemetery is among 202 other green spaces in the North West that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Green Flag Raising
Cemeteries Office staff and the Friends Group raise their Green Flag 

Beth Aldridge, Cemeteries Officer said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for first time in 6 years.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining Torrisholme Cemetery to such a high standard.

It is important to Lancaster City Council that our cemeteries are maintained to a high standard to provide bereaved families and visitors with beautiful burial grounds and a place of quiet reflection. Alongside our dedicated Friends Group, we take pride in providing this service for our local community.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners.”

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”


Wildflower Meadow Sowing - Torrisholme Cemetery

Earlier today, the Cemeteries Office and the Friends of Torrisholme Cemetery have sown the wildflower meadow at the rear of the site.

This area neighbours the Neptune Memorial Garden, in a particularly peaceful and secluded area of the cemetery.

The seed used was mainly a wildflower mix of the following: Corncockle, Corn Chamomile, Cornflower, Corn Marigold, and Corn Poppy.

In addition, we also used a meadow mixture of: Yarrow, Common Knapweed, Wild Carrot, Lady's Bedstraw, Field Scabious, Rough Hawkbit, Oxeye Daisy, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Musk Mallow, Ribwort Plantain, Cowslip, Selfheal, Meadow Buttercup, and Yellow Rattle.

The wildflower should bloom by early summer, and it is intended that the meadow will have meandering pathways leading to a carved wooden bench (sourced from a felled tree from the district). The poppy bed shall also be enhanced and maintained by the Friends Group. 

12/04/2019


Torrisholme Cemetery User Survey

As updates are planned for Torrisholme Cemetery in the future, we welcome feedback from anyone visiting the site. We have now created a Torrisholme Cemetery User Survey for those wishing to provide us with specific comments regarding the cemetery.

Feedback forms can be found here Torrisholme Cemetery User Survey (DOCX, 29KB), and returned to the Cemeteries Office either by email: cemeteries@lancaster.gov.uk or post: Cemeteries Office, Morecambe Town Hall, Marine Road, Morecambe, LA4 5AF


 

 

Last updated: 06 April 2022

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