Adopt a Grave

Friends of Heene Cemetery

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Heene Cemetery opened over 100 years ago and has been closed to the public since 1973. The last burial was in 1977 meaning that there are many graves which are no longer tended by family members. Friends of Heene Cemetery are tending graves along the pathways by removing brambles and invasive plants and encouraging the natural meadow land to grow through. Volunteers are encouraged to look after a small area of one or two graves and although we are open two afternoons a week for two hours, the time you work there is at your discretion. We always break for tea and biscuits and a chat about our achievements and ideas for the last half hour.


An interest in plants and gardening with the ability to work at low level for short periods is preferred. Basic introduction and training with risk assessments will be provided on arrival. 


The tranquility and pleasure of working in this hidden haven gives a great sense of well being. Social interaction and a real purpose to the tasks carried out give a boost to mental and physical health. An increase in the understanding of conservation practice and gardening skills.

Practical Considerations

Kneeling, bending and walking are a major part of caring for graves but do not have to be for long periods of times. Other tasks are available and are varied throughout the session.

Foxes do live on site so gloves must be worn at all times and hands wiped before eating biscuits.

When do I need to be available?

Start Date 27/09/2018
End Date 27/09/2019
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

Corner of Manor Road and St Michaels Road
West Sussex
BN11 4RY

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
    unfortunately the paths are grass so wheelchairs would have difficulty in wet weather.
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
    This is in the process of being secured
  • Other
  • Appropriate for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BME, Women only)
  • Support on Offer
  • Training
    basic introduction of tasks required