The Rectory Lane Cemetery are currently fundraising to install a ‘read in peace’ seat in the cemetery that will encircle a liquidambar tree and have an integrated bookshelf, complete with books in it.
The Rectory Lane Cemetery Project is transforming a neglected dead space into a living place through conservation, landscaping and community events and activity.
A spokesperson for the project said: “We wish to install a beautifully designed seat with integrated bookshelf and a stock of books for the community, young and old, to enjoy.
“The aim is to encourage community health and wellbeing, offering precious time and an inspiring space away from the bustle of the town, and the chance to be refreshed by the cemetery’s unique sense of tranquillity and space.
“To also delight families and children with this uniquely designed seat – with its tree in the middle and its secret bookshelf, so that they discover the magic of reading in the natural environment.
“And to also provide a focus for children to be introduced sensitively to the concept of death and to hear stories of those buried there and make connections to their present-day lives; and stories which feature cemeteries – as places of sanctuary or where child-heroes encounter otherworldly beings.”
The campaign target is £11,800, to help fundraise or to find out more click here.
Picture designed by AlderBrisco Architects