REGISTERED CHARITY NO: 1113731

Lots of hard work


The group are all volunteers who have worked to restore the churchyard by combating Japanese Knotweed and damage done by vandals

History of the Friends of St John’s Churchyard

By the new millennium the churchyard was in a sorry state of disrepair. Inaccessible and invaded by Japanese knotweed, brambles and rhododendrons, most of the headstones were no longer visible and vandalism had become a serious problem.
By 2005 the situation seemed hopeless but a group of enthusiastic volunteers and interested parties from the community took action and set up the Friends of St John’s Churchyard as a registered charity dedicated to its restoration.
A ten year plan was formulated starting with a programme of knotweed spraying followed by the removal of shrubs, surveying of headstones, the removal of kerbstones, extensive groundworks and re-seeding with low maintenance grasses.
In 2013 a Remembrance Garden was created for the interment of cremated remains.

Vision for the future

Our aim is to re-create a tranquil space for reflection and a valuable educational resource for the wider community where...
- Family and friends can access graves easily
- Those interested in local history can research their family trees in a pleasant, accessible environment*
- Natural habitats can flourish - People from the local community can become involved and use their skills
- Everyone can learn more about the impact of the Industrial Revolution, discover some of ‘the stories behind the stones’ or just simply appreciate the lovely views!

Before and After
Remembrance Garden
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Main Pathway
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View from the Car Park
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Remembrance Garden
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A dedicated Remembrance Garden is situated at the north east corner of the churchyard for the interment of cremated remains.
Burial of cremated remains is the proper method of interment. Cremated remains are committed directly into the ground.
A large memorial stone is available in the Remembrance Garden for the inscribed names of the deceased. An area is available for floral tributes.

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Churchyard Location

St John with St Philip Church
Barkerhouse Road
Nelson, Lancashire
BB9 9EY

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