The Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery are shocked and saddened by the callous and mindless act of vandalism against the Books of Remembrance at Lawnswood Cemetery that occurred over the Easter period. The personal inscriptions provide comfort to relatives and friends of those remembered. It is a violation of our deepest sense of respect and remembrance for loved ones lost, which these precious books represent. We support Leeds City Council’s intentions to try and restore them, and we hope that whoever is responsible is identified and held accountable for their actions.

This link to the  Leeds City Council website provides up to date information about the incident.

Janice Simpson


The Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery

We╩╝re raising £2,000 to support Leeds City Council in the restoration and digitalisation of the Books of Remembrance at Lawnswood Cemetery. Please visit:-

People often ask us what we do on our 'Action Days' and the answer is- help to look after the cemetery in a practical way! If you click on the Gallery – Action Days- there are photos which tell all!

Tasks range from litter picking to planting hedges with much more besides. Bulb planting, path edging, hedge trimming, gravel laying, bench preserving, the list goes on..... There is something to suit all abilities!

We meet at 10 am on the first Saturday of each month in the car park opposite the main gates. We are led by LCC Ranger Pete Banks. All tools are provided (as well as refreshments). 

We generally finish around 2pm but you can stay for as long or as short a time as you want. We suggest you wear old gardening clothes and sturdy shoes!

The volunteers, many have been with us since the Friends started in 2011, are a very friendly and dedicated group and are always looking for more help. If you would like to give it a try, let us know by email You would be made very welcome.



Not just for a week but all year round many Cemetery Friends throughout the UK work hard to support council owners to  keep local cemeteries tidy and safe. National Cemeteries Week, organised by the National Federation of Cemetery Friends,  provides an opportunity to highlight this work and appeal for more volunteers. Cemetery Friends groups research the history of graves, lead tours, write publications and engage with the local community. The Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery are members of The National Federation of Cemetery Friends. We offer an annual membership for £5.00 per annum, which gives members regular information through newsletters, visits to other local cemeteries and an annual afternoon tea party. Anyone, whether a member or not, can volunteer to  come to the monthly Action Day to help keep the cemetery looking its best for those who visit and who are buried, cremated or remembered in the cemetery.

It is always worth a visit to Lawnswood Cemetery at any time of the year. There is now a self guided walks leaflet, available from the waiting room below the Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery notice board, which will take you round some of the significant graves and monuments in the cemetery, including the Grade 11 listed Columbarium, chapels and crematorium and the four Grade 11 listed memorials. Pick up a free  guide leaflet and walk round this magnificent treasure of Leeds ! Call in to say hello to the volunteers working there, on the first Saturday of every month. Or  come along and help if you like gardening and have a morning a month to spare- it is a very friendly group and refreshments are provided. The group meets at 10am in the car park opposite the main entrance on the first Saturday of every month.


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A great time was had by all who attended our annual member’s Tea Party on Saturday - a cryptic quiz had everyone racking their brains and jealously guarding their answers!
This was followed by a delicious afternoon tea provided by the committee who did a wonderful job, and finally, a most interesting talk given by Janet Douglas on ‘Joseph Lupton – Unitarian and extreme Liberal’. It was a very pleasant afternoon.     Summer Tea Party Photos