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Sat, 11 Mar



Gardening Day

Monthly Gardening Day

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Gardening Day
Gardening Day

Time & Location

11 Mar 2023, 10:00 – 13:00

Oxford, 10 St.Cross Rd, Oxford OX1 3TU, UK

About the event

The History

Holywell Cemetery is one of the Oxford's best kept secrets – a haven of tranquillity and recollection in a city where space and stillness are increasingly at a premium. Its stones contain a wealth of hidden stories. In the mid-19th century Oxford’s existing churchyards were no longer adequate for the needs of a growing population. Outbreaks of cholera in the 1840s exacerbated the crisis, and raised concern for public health.

New cemeteries (as opposed to churchyards), were created on the edge of town at Holywell, Osney and Jericho to meet the needs of the city parishes east, west and north of Carfax. The site at Holywell, gifted by Merton College in 1847, was administered by the incumbents of the parishes of St Martin’s, Carfax (since demolished, except for its tower); All Saints (now Lincoln College library); St Mary the Virgin (the University Church); St John the Baptist (Merton College chapel) and St Peter in the East (now the library of St Edmund Hall).

The Gardening Day

The cemetery is cared for by the Friends of Holywell Cemetery, but they now need our help in order to clear and maintain the grounds. Please send an email to if you would like to help. Please make sure that you wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and bring a pair of gardening gloves. If you are able to bring some secateurs or shears, even better. There will be some heavy clearing to do, but there will also be some delicate conservation work to do. With the benefit of a wooden spatula, you can help to remove the ivy clinging to the gravestones. Everyone can help in some way.

There are gardening days every second Saturday of the month, from 10am - 1pm and we tend to go for a pub lunch afterwards.

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