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Cemeteries, churchyards and burial grounds

Cemeteries, churchyards and burial grounds

1 January 2007

Urban burial grounds in the 19th century were originally envisaged as public open spaces and were professionally designed to be attractive places to visit in their own right.

Today, many cemeteries are neglected, with little to attract anyone apart from those visiting specific burial plots. This lack of design, planning and ambition means that the potential health and environmental benefits of cemeteries are not being realised.

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