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Cemetery Archives: Croydon Cemetery
Congratulations to the City of London, Croydon, Westminster Hanwell, East Finchley, Gunnersbury, Margravine, Mill Hill and Wood Green cemeteries, who have been awarded a Green Flag for 2011. City of London was also named as a Green Heritage Site. My favourite green burial site, Epping Forest, also won a Green Flag.
Green Flags are awarded by Keep Britain Tidy, to recognise and reward the best green spaces in the country, judged against eight criteria, including being welcoming, safe and secure, well-maintained and - delightfully - having a marketing strategy in place (for those who don't know, I wear a marketing hat when I'm not wearing a cemetery hat).
Congratulations to London's cems winners - all of whom also won a Green Flag last year. Let's see a few more London cemeteries joining them next year.
Croyden Cemetery is perhaps most famous for the finally successful fight of his family to have "A Victim of British Justice" inscribed on the gravestone of Derek Bentley, wrongly hanged in 1953.
Aside from this, two extentions to the original ground have left this rather odd-shaped cemetery as an attractive memorial to its ongoing place in the community: a sweeping tree-lined drive leads to a modern chapel and crematorium block with paved landscaping, which gradually gives way to the Victorian original, with its own chapel and a number of rather nice angels. Altogether this is a pleasant and well-run suburban ground which some other councils might do well to emulate.
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