RESTORATION work in Scarborough’s Dean Road Cemetery will soon be under way thanks to a £50,000 lottery funding boost.
The successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid was made by the Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery in partnership with Scarborough Council.
This will enable them to restore the small mortuary chapel in Dean Road cemetery and the Secret Garden in Manor Road.
The Secret Garden was once a hidden jewel laid out in 1872 and designed as a beautiful place for quiet contemplation.
Over the years the garden has become overgrown, but its charm and beauty will now be restored.
The work on both sites will be completed over the next year, providing work for local businesses and opportunities for local people to get involved with the project as volunteers.
Jan Cleary, chairman of the Friends group said: “We are really excited about this Heritage Lottery Award, which will enable us to make a real difference in the cemetery.
“People’s memories of the Secret Garden are an important part of the project, painting pictures of what it was like in the past and helping us to restore it to its former glory.”
Cllr Peter Popple, Northstead Ward member, who was involved in the original bid for funding, added: “The funding is marvellous news for the cemetery and is a testament to the ongoing dedication and enthusiasm of the Friends to make a real difference in their local community.
“When they first started who would have thought about the progress they would make? For what they have achieved, we owe them a great deal of thanks.
“We now look forward to seeing the transformations on site over the coming months and hope that many people will benefit from the end results.”
Fiona Spiers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber said: “The Secret Garden project will help bring back into use a well remembered part of the Dean Road and Manor Road cemeteries.
“By supporting the volunteers in their work at the cemetery, this project will help ensure that the local community can take pride in their neighbourhood.
“As people come forward with their memories and stories about the Secret Garden they will provide a fascinating insight into the local area and how it has changed over the years.”
Anyone who wants to get involved in the cemetery project can contact the Friends can call (01723) 381867.