Every month from January 2019 we’ll be posting a short Q&A with the folks here at Sheffield General Cemetery. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer, please email us at sgct@gencem.org.

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Andrew L

SGCT Treasurer

How long have you volunteered at SGCT?

November 2015

Why did you get involved?

I live local to the cemetery and treasure its accessibility as a place to find quiet and interest away from the rush of the city.   I enjoy photography and the grounds provide plenty of subjects for photos, especialy as the seasons change.  This is a resource for the city that needs to be maintained and kept available, therefore I do what I can to support the work of the trust. 

What’s the best thing about volunteering at SGCT?

It's good to walk through the cemetery and know that I have played a small part helping to keep it in good order.

Why should people get involved?

The cemetery is a public park that provides different types of leisure spaces for the neighbourhood and wider to enjoy, from open space to play and hold events, to quiet walks, to areas to explore, wildlife to discover and much to ponder on about those who have gone before and the history of the city.  Only with the work of the Trust can this valuable and unique space be kept accessible for all to visit and use in a safe environment.  Get involved to ensure that the park is still there for you to enjoy.

What’s your favourite part of the landscape, building and/or monument at SGC and why? 

The area around the SWC (NCC) with its views over towards Hallamshire Hospital and range of monuments.  I have taken many photos around there!

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Martin

Landscape Volunteer

How long have you volunteered at SGCT?

Here for 6 years.

Why did you get involved?

I started volunteering after seeing a poster at the gatehouse, the idea being to fill in time before collecting my grandson from nursery. I have since become addicted!


What’s the best thing about volunteering at SGCT

I enjoy the moderate physical work outside, rather like large scale gardening. Every time I am at the cemetery I find something new a ,fragment of history , or some piece of the natural world ,or gardening. Working with the group is a great experience in cooperation, friendship and humour.

Why should people get involved?

Be involved and get a different view of landscape and life.


What’s your favourite part of the landscape, building and/or monument at SGC and why? 
The two monuments which have inscriptions that give a more positive view of death than usual “living on in hearts “, and “Promoted to Glory .”