Cardiff’s Thornhill Cemetery has been named ‘Cemetery of the Year’ for the second year in a row, beating two other finalists to the gold award in the large burial ground category. The UK-wide awards, which are organised and promoted by the Memorial Awareness Board, focus on industry standards, environmental issues and good practice.
Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Michael Michael, said: “To win this award in two successive years, and particularly in a year when Bereavement Services have had to respond to the challenges of Covid-19, is fantastic recognition for the team. I know how much they care about the work they do for the people of Cardiff and this really is well deserved.”
Philip Potts, of the Memorial Awareness Board, said: “The awards are an excellent opportunity to reward hard-working staff and demonstrate the central role Cemeteries can play in the community. They provide places of peaceful contemplation and beauty, as well as their ecological importance. “The team at Thornhill Cemetery performed exceptionally throughout the extensive judging period.”
The Cemetery of the Year Awards are supported and endorsed by the following leading industry Associations:
* Memorial Awareness Board (MAB)
* Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM)
* The Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (FBCA)
* The Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC)
* British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons (BRAMM)
Thornhill Cemetery opened in 1952 with the crematorium opening the following year. In the crematorium’s first year there were just over 1,000 cremations, there are now almost three times that number each year.
In 2000, the Briwnant Chapel opened to offer an alternative to the larger, existing Wenallt Chapel and to better accommodate the growing number of funerals. The Cemetery was extended in 2010 and a new Enquiries Office opened the following year which offers far more appropriate surroundings for families to meet for cremated remains burials and scatters and to make arrangements for their loved ones.
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