A Garston cemetery has just opened 275 new burial plots, following an expansion of the site that should see it ready to serve residents for another 13 years.
At a ceremony in March, the new additions at North Watford Cemetery were opened by Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor and portfolio holder for Neighbourhood Services, cllr Tim Williams.
The 90-year-old council-run cemetery, which is already a Green Flag-winning open space, was recently awarded a gold standard prize by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management.
As well as the burial plots, several other new features have been added to the site, including a memorial garden with space for 200 spots for the spreading of ashes, an ornamental memorial tree with engravements and the addition of benches.
There have also been improvements to the existing cemetery entrance, car park and pond. Two above ground and panoramic memorials have been put up for the purpose of storage the cremated remains of small pets.
Mayor Taylor said of the expansion: “North Watford Cemetery is a much-loved and important facility that I know brings comfort to many people. It is good that we have been able to provide this additional burial space, as well as alternative ways for people to remember their loved ones.
“This extension give us more time to explore options for future burial space so it remains an option for those who would like this choice.”