Thanks to the hard work of the Friends, volunteers and staff of the Council Parks Department, Hornsey Churchyard has retained its Green Flag Community Award for the eighth year in succession. The new flag was raised on the 18th July which was the official declaration day. The Green Flag Community Award Judge visited the Churchyard on Tuesday 23rd May to make the assessment for the 2017-18 Award. Part of the Judge’s assessment is now ‘Meeting Community Representatives’ so thanks are due to all the Gardeners who came to support the application for the Churchyard during the Judge’s visit. The community turnout was very impressive and there was a unanimous cheer when the judge announced that the Churchyard has won its 2017/18 award! The Judge’s citation is quoted below:
“Hornsey Churchyard, which has been here at least since medieval times, is an oasis of tranquility surrounded by the trappings of urban life. In the centre of the Churchyard is the medieval tower of St Mary’s (grade 2* listed). The Tower dominates the Garden of Remembrance, which is laid out on the plan of the old church of St Mary’s. In this peaceful Churchyard you can stroll by the newly planted ‘Scented Walk’, enjoy its open space where the summer grass grows long. You’ll find fine trees and a haven for wild life. All over the Churchyard there are gravestones to discover; some go back to the eighteenth century, as well as tombs and memorials of many ordinary and notable people including two listed tombs. Whether you’re young or old, walking or cycling through, or coming to sit and absorb its atmosphere the churchyard welcomes all”.