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Living Landscape award for cemetery

Herongate Wood Cemetery has become one of the first recipients of a ‘Living Landscapes’ award, which aim to recognise organisations helping to support conservation in the heart of the community.

The main criteria of the awards, which have been launched by The Wildlife Trust, are that the scheme recognised is good for wildlife, for people and the community and for the local economy.  

“We are proud that we are one of the first companies in the country to receive the ‘Living Landscapes’ award and have received such positive comments from The Wildlife Trust for our ‘fantastic application’,” said spokeswoman Penny Cooke.

The Herongate Wood site in Brentwood, Essex, has meadow areas where natural flowers can flourish and provide food and refuge for native birds, woodland deer, rabbits and other animals, as well as a natural pond – home to moorhens, ducks and native breeds of fish, roach and rudd.

The team ensure that the hedgerows are maintained, and have a planting schedule so that native trees are also supported.

Herongate Wood has become a focus for the local community because many families have lain loved ones to rest in the beautiful surroundings. The site also holds annual events to bring the community together and for families to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones.

Wherever possible the family-run business likes to collaborate with local business partners, suggesting local florists, venues for gatherings. “This not only helps families to finalise their arrangements but brings in business for the local economy to flourish,” added Penny.

For further information about Herongate Wood, please call (01277) 811064 or go to

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