Open day at ‘tranquil’ old town cemetery

Boston Cemetery
Boston Cemetery

Boston’s Victorian Cemetery is to have an open day offering visitors the chance to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and local wildlife.

A spokesman for Boston Borough Council said: “You wouldn’t necessarily think first of having a day out in a graveyard, but Boston’s Victorian Cemetery has been described as ‘a beautiful space and a tranquil place’.”

You can enjoy the natural peace on Sunday, June 5, 10.30am-4pm, when an open day is to be held during Cherishing Churchyards Week.

There will be an opportunity to meet the Friends of Boston Cemetery, explore the natural and built heritage, and find out more about its history, wildlife and other special qualities.

There is no need to book for the guided tours - nature tour at 11am, gravestone tour at noon, nature tour at 2pm and gravestone tour at 3pm. Booking is required for a guided bat walk at 8.30pm and numbers will be limited. Book on 01205 364612.

The site has a rich diversity of flora and fauna and is a designated Local Wildlife Site. It is valued by the local RSPB group, with a variety of birds such as woodpecker spotted, along with squirrel and deer.

Throughout the day the disused cemetery chapel will be open for a peek inside. It is hoped to secure Heritage Lottery Funding to restore the building and other features on the site. The eventual outcome will see the older part of the cemetery and the chapel used for community benefit, with opportunities for education, events, volunteering, skills development, heritage trails etc.

There will be slide shows at the crematorium showing some of the wildlife and history of the site. Leaflets and maps detailing points of interest will be available.

Refreshments, car parking and toilets will be available on site.

There will be another open event on Sunday, September 11, as part of the Heritage Lincolnshire Open Days, whose theme this year is Natural Lincolnshire which ties in well with Boston Cemetery’s status as a local wildlife site.