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 https://news.leeds.gov.uk/vandalism-of-books-of-remembrance-at-leeds-crematorium-condemned/ to the Leeds City Council website provides up to date information about the incident.
The Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery
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 email@example.com You would be made very welcome.
Saturday 17th June 2017, saw the Friends of Holbeck Cemetery open the gates to their wonderful cemetery and invited the Friends of Lawnswood in. The Friends of Holbeck Cemetery have been in existence since 2001. They took on a rather overgrown cemetery, but tackling the brambles was not the only thorn in their sides; anti-social behaviour within the area had a huge impact on the cemetery. It soon became apparent that their passion for the cemetery played a huge part in restoring it. Eve Tidswell treated us to some fascinating historical facts about the cemetery and its occupants.
Unfortunately, there was not enough time to show us all of these forgotten gems, but that gives us a great excuse to return. I would thoroughly recommend attended one of Eve’s the trips. Please visit their website for further information and don’t forget to view our gallery of photographs of our fascinating visit.
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