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Good News for Flaybrick Cemetery on the Wirral

A partnership between Wirral Council and Historic England is bringing fresh hope for the future of Flaybrick Memorial Gardens (Grade II*) in Birkenhead, one of England's most important Victorian garden cemeteries.

A plan for the cemetery's future

A current task is to produce a Conservation Management Plan - which may also reveal more about the history of this 152-year-old cemetery. The specialists appointed will work with the Friends of Flaybrick and the wider community to look at the present-day needs of the entire site, from trees to landscape design, to graves and buildings. Armed with this plan, Wirral Council and partners will be able to make informed decisions about Flaybrick's future, hastening its removal from the Heritage at Risk Register. The plan should be ready in early summer.

Park Rangers at Flaybrick Cemetery, with the central funeral chapels in the background
Park Rangers at Flaybrick Cemetery, with the central funeral chapels in the background © Historic England DP169849

Repairs under way

Meanwhile, urgent repairs to the derelict cemetery chapels are continuing with scaffolding due to come down this spring. Conservation specialists have been working tirelessly to stabilise the chapel walls and repair stonework and carvings which have been hidden for over 30 years. Fallen masonry is being preserved in the hope that the stones may eventually be reused. The work, costing £325,000, is being jointly funded by Wirral Council and Historic England.

Commenting on the work, Cllr Jerry Williams, Wirral's Heritage Champion said: "We believe that Flaybrick is one of the finest locations of funerary architecture in Britain. We are working with Historic England to make the chapels safe once again, which we feel will go a long way to improving public perception and appreciation of this important location".

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