Campaigner is laid to rest alongside her grandparents thanks to help from volunteers behind cemetery project

Volunteers injecting some floral colour at the grave.
Volunteers injecting some floral colour at the grave.
  • Campaigner is laid to rest with her grandparents in Rectory Lane Cemetery
  • Grave is spruced up and planted with flowers thanks to volunteers from community group
  • Service is held to bury 93 year old’s ashes

The ashes of a Berkhamsted campaigner have been buried in a garden graveyard alongside her grandparents and their last resting place has been given a spruce up thorough a community project.

Gardening fan Amy Chowns, of Kilfillan Nursing Home, has joined her grandparents John and Lizzie Wright in the Rectory Lane Cemetery.

The grave following the sprucing up work.

The grave following the sprucing up work.

The 93 year old’s relatives contacted the Rectory Lane Cemetery Project to enquire whether her ashes could be interred there.

It is the first request of this kind that the project has handled and, after liaising with the family and executor, the Rector, Parochial Church Council and funeral directors, friends and relatives attended a short service at the grave side on the February 16.

As part of the interment, it was agreed that the neglected grave of Amy’s grandparents should be once again populated with flowers.

Elaine Mercer from the project said: “The strongly held association of the ‘grave as garden’ will be re-established in the cemetery and hopefully will encourage other families to begin caring and maintaining their graves once again.”

The project, run by the Friends of St Peter’s, to transform the cemetery into an attractive open space for recreation has in turn has offered exposure to the history of the cemetery and its residents.

Berkhamsted-born Amy, who died in November last year, was an active campaigner who wrote to the newspaper and locals council on many occasions when she felt enough wasn’t being done to improve her beloved town of Berkhamsted.

She was also a keen gardener and is mentioned in the footnote of the book Flora Britannica by Richard Mabey as rare bee orchids were found growing in her lawn at her home in Ashlyns Road, where she lived until moving into a nursing home.

Born in 1921, Amy devoted her working life to the Gas Light and Coke Company, later the South Herts Gas company.