On Tuesday 5th May 2020 we were proud to take part in #GivingTuesdayNow – a new global day of giving and unity and an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. It was an opportunity for us to say thank you to all those that have supported us over the years. To all our volunteers that help look after the landscape, take care of our wildlife and helped to build our community garden. To those that have conducted fascinating, educational tours, serve customers in our shop and welcomed visitors from all over the world.
Back in 1987, alarmed by a press report that the private owner of the Cemetery had announced aspirations to clear and commercially develop a large section of the Cemetery, a group of concerned locals came together to form the ‘Association for the Preservation of Arnos Vale Cemetery’ (APAC) (later changed to ‘Friends of Arnos Vale Cemetery’). They campaigned to secure a safe future for Arnos Vale, supported by the Bristol council, local citizens and many people worldwide. If you’d like to know more about how the site went from Garden Cemetery to wilderness and then to restoration take a look here
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic Arnos Vale Cemetery has had to suspend our events and close our buildings, making it difficult for us to generate the funds we need to sustain ourselves. We urgently need donations to ensure that we can continue to carry out our work – and resume a full range of activities when it is safe to do so.