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CEMETERIES GET FIRST CONSERVATION GUIDE

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English Heritage and English Nature have teamed up to produce the first guidance ever issued for the conservation a...
English Heritage and English Nature have teamed up to produce the first guidance ever issued for the conservation and management of cemeteries.

Paradise preserved has been published, the organisations say, because many cemeteries are falling into disrepair as descendants move away or families die out, or they receive inadequate or inappropriate management.

Cemeteries deserve attention for historical and environmental reasons, the report says, as well as being essential as places of quiet and peaceful contemplation. Apart from containing the biography of a community and valuable historic monuments, cemeteries also provide a little known refuge for wildlife.

The guidance, aimed at council cemetery managers, conservation officers and councillors, highlights the importance of conserving both man-made and natural elements and offers suggestions on how to evaluate them and use statutory designations to protect them.

Matthew Frith, urban adviser at English Nature, says the organisation 'endorses the efforts of cemetery managers to balance the needs of people with those of the natural and built environment'.
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