Green Flag Award success for St Andrew’s Cemetery

St Andrew’s Cemetery has again been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the best in the world. The award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces.

The Cemetery, managed by Hexham Town Council, opened in 1859, in response to the burial ground at Hexham Abbey becoming overfull.

In 1995 the Council created a woodland burial section and a pet Cemetery was established in 1996.

Although the primary users of the Cemetery are those attending burials, there are also many people who come to visit graves or trace ancestors and the Council is keen to promote the Cemetery as an interesting and enjoyable place to visit for the wider community.

The Mayor of Hexham, Councillor Derek Kennedy, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award again. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining the Cemetery to such a high standard. Congratulations to the Town Council staff who work at the Cemetery for achieving this prestigious award. It is a recognition of their actions.”