A new community initiative, ‘Henley Road Helpers’, has been launched by Ludlow Town Council, aimed at fostering community relationships whilst improving the grounds of Henley Road Cemetery.

The initiative seeks volunteers passionate about improving the community space and encouraging wildlife.

Henley Road Cemetery is a valued space for residents, serving as a final resting place for many generations. The Henley Road Helpers Initiative aims to ensure the cemetery remains a serene and beautiful place for visitors.

Henley Road Cemetery was first opened in 1914 by the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the Borough of Ludlow. When Ludlow Borough Council ceased to exist in 1967 the cemetery was passed to Ludlow Rural District Council and thereafter to South Shropshire District Council.

On April 1, 1987 Henley Road Cemetery was transferred to Ludlow Town Council to be owned and managed locally for the benefit of the people of Ludlow.

The cemetery is made up of multiple areas, divided by paths, which include areas dedicated to different denominations, cremated remains plots and a babies' memorial area, which is commemorated by a hand carved stone memorial.

Volunteers will undertake light duties including weeding, maintaining flower beds and promoting wildlife habitats within the cemetery grounds. By participating in these activities, volunteers will play a vital role in preserving Ludlow’s natural heritage.

“The Henley Road Helpers Initiative will not only improve the appearance of the cemetery but also strengthen the sense of community in Ludlow. It’s an opportunity for residents to come together, make a tangible difference in their community and forge new friendships”.

Ludlow Town Council will provide coffee and cake during volunteering sessions, creating a welcoming and sociable atmosphere for all involved.

Individuals interested in joining the ‘Henley Road Helpers’ initiative are encouraged to fill out an enquiry form online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/HenleyHelpers, paper copies are also available from the Guildhall, Mill Street.

Volunteering opportunities are open to all residents who wish to contribute to the preservation of Henley Road Cemetery and build connections within the community.

For more information and how to get involved, please visit ludlow.gov.uk