General Cemetery in Sheffield wins Yorkshire in Bloom award

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Sheffield General Cemetery has won a ‘Gold Award’ in the annual Yorkshire in Bloom competition.

The cemetery was singled out in the open spaces category.

Sheffield General Cemetery in Sharrow is a 15 acre, Grade II listed site and designated conservation area.

Opened in 1836, the cemetery closed in the 1960s and fell into disrepair but since 1989 volunteers have restored the site, focusing on flora and fauna, architectural preservation, genealogical research and education.

Rose Tomson, the cemetery’s landscape conservation supervisor, said: “The judges looked closely at all aspects of our work in the cemetery.

“The Gold Award is about much more than simply planting and weeding.

“The feedback from the judges was very positive. We were commended for our excellent recycling compost area, and I was delighted that the judges picked out the regularity and variety of community events we run for particular praise.

“We are always looking for volunteers of any age to help out, so please get in touch if you’d like to join in the fun.”