Friends of York Cemetery

York Cemetery view

The Friends of York Cemetery (registered charity number 701091) was established in 1988 to help York Cemetery Trust and the cemetery staff to manage the site. The Friends:

“provide for the public benefit the preservation, care and improvement of York Cemetery as a burial ground and as a place of historic, educational and ecological interest and beauty” (Friends of York Cemetery Constitution)

The Friends have their Annual General Meeting in May, when they elect their committee. All members are welcome to attend the meeting to find out about the previous year’s activities and to vote.

The Friends committee meets every two months. The Warden and a representative from the Trust also attend committee meetings.

The pond, York Cemetery

The Friends raise money through their public programme of walks and other events (see Events), private tours (see Organising Events), grant applications and donations (see Make a donation, below).

Funds are used in a wide range of ways, reflecting the aims quoted above. Examples of recent expenditure include the purchase of tools and equipment for the cemetery business and for volunteers; from gardening gloves to a sit on mower, plants, chairs and tables for the chapel, and re-tarmacing the drive.

Join the Friends

Gothic monument, York cemetery

By becoming a Friend, you will contribute to conserving the cemetery and helping to ensure its future protection.

Having high membership numbers implies positive support from the community at large, showing that the Friends is not just composed of a few well meaning enthusiasts. This helps when fundraising applications are made for grants, as well as encouraging others to offer their support.

So as a Friend you can demonstrate your support simply by paying your membership; we have members from all around the world. Some of our more local members also volunteer on site, giving more practical support.

Benefits for members

Members receive two newsletters per year (April and November) and pay a reduced rate of £1.00 to guided walks (usual charge £2.50 for adults, £1.50 for children), which take place on Sundays during the summer months. Walks cover a range of subjects, including history, flora and fauna. For details see the Events page.

Membership form

York Cemetery view, autumn

You can download and print our membership form (PDF). Payment can be made via cheque or standing order.

Make a donation

If you would like to make a donation to the Friends, please download our donations form  (PDF). Donations can be made via cheque or direct bank payment.


Self Guided Walking Trails

The Friends are currently updating their guides to the trails so that visitors to the cemetery can follow them at their leisure. Below are links to the 1st World War Military and Butterfly Trails which can be printed for your own use.

Alternatively, laminated copies are available for use from the cemetery office for a small donation.

The 19th Century Military Trail and Nature Trail are being further updated and will be available soon.

Look out for  WW2 Military Trail and Geology Trail also coming soon.