Albert Road Cemetery & War Memorial Garden Green Flag Award 2017/18

Green Flag Award 2017/18

Hedge End Town Council is extremely proud to announce that Albert Road Cemetery and the War Memorial Garden have achieved The Green Flag Award for the eighth year running.


Albert Road Cemetery and War Memorial Garden are flying the flag as one of the UK’s very best green spaces!


On the 18th July, a record number of parks and green spaces collected a Green Flag Award. Albert Road Cemetery and the War Memorial Garden in Albert Road and St Johns Road respectively, have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world.


The cemetery and garden are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award - the mark of a quality park or green space.


This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.


Denise Lowth, Deputy Town Clerk said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the 8th year running. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining both the cemetery and war memorial gardens to such a high standard.


Thanks to the efforts of our excellent Ground Staff team, who have carefully maintained this peaceful and serene burial ground for the whole community."


International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.” 


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About Albert Road Cemetery

A unique and specially designed art deco archway (installed November 2010) identifies the site and welcomes the visitor to the grounds, where the boundaries to residential properties are flanked and protected with high fences and screened with Silver Birches, Evergreen Oaks and Laurel Hedges. Flower and shrub beds are designed to reduce the amount of watering required, to maintain good horticultural impact.

The cemetery boasts an area of Green-winged Orchid which, due to rapid decline, is now protected and therefore special precautions have been taken on site during the flowering season.
The first interment took place on 21st October 1931 and to date the Burial Registers record a total of 2214 burials at Albert Road Cemetery.


In 1981 the cemetery was designated as a lawn cemetery with all sections to remain laid to lawn.

About St John's War Memorial

The War Memorial stands in the middle of a forty foot square enclosure on turf with a circular path round leading in from the gate, recorded at the time of its erection, thirty seven men and lads who gave their lives in the ‘Great War’,1914-1918 in what was thought to be the war to end all wars.

The description of the memorial is recorded as ‘A Market Cross of Hopton-Wood Stone on Purbeck stone steps’. 


The memorial was unveiled by Rear-Admiral Sir E.P.F.G. Grant KCVO, CB on Wednesday 26th November 1924. Those who gave their lives during the Second World War, 1939-1945 were added to the memorial in 1993, second and third portions placed 1995/1996 respectively and within the last 2 years a further inscription in memory of Richard John Smith. As a result of an article in the Parish Gazette, it came to light that Private Richard John Smith from Hedge End lost his life during the Second World War. Private Richard John Smith, of the Pioneer Corps, died of his war wounds on 27th October 1943, aged 36. The Town Council consulted the War Graves Commission and concluded that he died on active service; his name fully entitled to be commemorated on the Hedge End War Memorial.A commemorative slab bearing his name was prepared and installed in time for the Remembrance Service in 2009.