Volunteer: why do it?

York Cemetery needs you!

Without the efforts of volunteers, the cemetery could not operate as a wildlife and visitor haven as well as a working business. Volunteers contribute in many ways, helping to maintain and develop the wild and beautiful 24-acre site, rich in local history and ecology.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and are drawn to the cemetery for a number of different reasons – here’s what some of them have to say . . .

Tea break“We have a lot of fun while always seeming to get a tremendous amount done. I’ve also learned a lot about plants and trees that I can apply in my own garden, as well as lots of interesting information about York and the people buried in the cemetery.”

Meeting other volunteers“I like the exercise and the peace of working in a natural setting at my own pace. It’s nice to meet the other volunteers and staff too – as I normally work from home I can spend a lot of time on my own.”

York Cemetery wildlife - frogs“After being in the office all day it’s satisfying to focus my energy on doing battle with weeds (once they’ve been pointed out to me again!) and brambles. You never know what you are going to see – maybe a frog close up or a sparrowhawk hunting. I go home feeling calm and refreshed.”

York Cemetery wildlife - robin“I was attracted to being a weekend warden because the cemetery is such a unique place and I would want to do a little bit to keep it all running… a visit and a wander cures all stressful ills, and puts us back in touch with the right things.”