National Federation of Cemetery Friends

The National Federation of Cemetery Friends links over 120 groups of volunteers throughout the UK dedicated to preserving their local cemetery and its monuments for the benefit of the community. Cemetery friends undertake practical work, develop the recreational and educational aspects with tours, publications and open days, as well as conserving the wildlife areas. The Federation supports with information and advice and helps with specific problems if needed. Members range from cemetery friends of the large Victorian cemeteries to the small country graveyards, and now include volunteers who have rescued a neglected burial ground from developers by buying the site and setting up a trust. The NFCF publishes Saving Cemeteries, a handbook on setting up and running a voluntary group, and also organises the annual National Cemeteries Week, an opportunity for members to highlight their work simultaneously. The NFCF is represented on the government’s Burial and Cremation Advisory Board (BCAG) within the Ministry of Justice and has contributed to research on cemetery management and burial legislation. The website gives connects to members all over the UK.

Events

The Cemetery Research Group runs two events a year: in May and in November. Follow the links and send in an abstract