Roll of Honour
The first major project undertaken by The Friends was the conservation of the Roll of Honour.
Details of the conservation, the history of the Roll and the ongoing work in connection with the names on the Roll can be found under the ‘Roll of Honour’ tab.
Habitat and Heritage
The Friends were awarded a grant by Environment Wales to commission a flora and fauna survey of the churchyard. This was the first step along a long road to assess the churchyard as a site of safe public green space. The project seeks to safeguard the environment of the plants and animals that live in the churchyard while at the same time promoting enjoyment of the space by the local community. The area is an ideal resource for encouraging greater understanding of wildlife and biodiversity. That is the habitat side of the coin.
The other side is the heritage aspect of the churchyard. St Augustine’s was the site for burials in Penarth before the opening of Penarth Cemetery and contains many old and interesting graves. Sadly, many of these graves and tombs are decaying and in a dangerous condition. The slope of the ground, fallen and leaning kerbs and stones make it difficult to walk around the graveyard and this is an issue that will also be tackled.
The survey undertaken by The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales has been completed. The Trust has given The Friends a report and recommendations about the maintenance of the churchyard. The suggested grass cutting regime and the cutting of pathways through the grass has started. Part of the churchyard will be treated as a conservation area and cut on a planned rotation. This is to preserve the habitat of the wildlife while still allowing access to the graves.
Members of the Friends have visited Cathays Cemetery, the Ebenezer Project at Pontypool and Wrexham Cemetery to see how they are managed – all combine habitat and heritage.
A Steering Group has now been set up and work has begun on the churchyard. Bird and bat boxes have been put up a survey of the trees done. Necessary safety work has been carried out on the trees. A path is being cut between the graves on the north of the church. There is now an information board by the west gate giving details of the work as it progresses.
We recently received the welcome news that we have received two grants. The first is for £1,000 from the Allchurches Trust and is to help with the cost of grass cutting. The second is a start-up grant of £8,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. We are grateful to the Allchurches Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund for their support and encouragement.
An aerial survey of the churchyard has been carried out by Atlantic Geomatics with the long-term aim of putting details of all the graves on a website that can be easily accessed.