Lottery cash to clear overgrown Havant cemetery

Portsmouth & Southsea railway station by Andy Cooper

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OVERGROWN brambles and ivy will be cleared from a historic cemetery thanks to a cash windfall.

The project at St Faith’s Cemetery in Havant will benefit from a share of £50,000 of Heritage Lottery Funding.

Conservation charity BTCV wants to spruce up the four-acre site, which contains a wide variety of flora, some of which is being choked by brambles.

A survey has identified 130 plant species in the cemetery, including the cornflower which has declined elsewhere in Hampshire due to farming.

The cemetery is home to several tree species, including yews, one of which is believed to be between 500 and 600 years old.

BTCV senior community project officer Rachel Moroney said: ‘We’re pleased to receive this funding as it will enable BTCV and local volunteers to look after and enhance the natural environment of St Faith’s Cemetery.

‘We will also be researching the people buried in the cemetery and sharing this with the general public.’

Funding has also been awarded to the Havant Heritage Audio Trail scheme.

This project, run by Hampshire Museum and Galleries Trust, will work with young people to create an audio version of an existing heritage trail.

This will allow people to learn about 30 historic buildings and locations in Havant, including details of its Roman heritage and its role as a staging post between London and Portsmouth.