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 month. 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 plants; contributing to the Chapel access ramp; planting the apple orchard and providing the Audio Tour Guide System.

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).

Friends with an email address also receive copies of the Notes of the bi-monthly Volunteers and Friends Committee Meeting.

The Friends arrange a full programme of guided Sunday walks throughout the Summer (for details see the Events page). Members are asked for a donation of £1 (usual donation £3 for adults).

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 have also produced a series of self guided walking trails.

Contact us

We can be contacted on


General Data Protection – privacy notice:

The Friends of York Cemetery take privacy seriously and will only use your personal data to request membership subscriptions (if applicable) and provide you with information on activities associated with York Cemetery.

The Friends of York Cemetery hold: Titles, names, postal addresses and e-mail addresses of members of the Friends, volunteers and organisations.

The Friends do not share your data with any commercial bodies.

Sharing with third parties:

HMRC – for Gift Aid

We may be required to disclose information to the Police, Regulatory bodies, for example HMRC.

The Friends will contact you every 3 years to renew your consent.

Consent can be withdrawn at any time by contacting:  Clive Dawson


Post: The Friends of York Cemetery. The Cemetery Gatehouse, Cemetery Road, York YO1 5AF

Telephone:  01904 610578

All e-mail information sent to you will be sent Bcc.

Only Trustees of the Friends of York Cemetery (elected committee members) will have access to the Friends of York Cemetery data base.

The Friends of York Cemetery data base is password secured.

The password will be changed yearly by the Committee at the first meeting following the AGM or when a Trustee resigns mid-term.