How We Work
Using a network of volunteers and suggestions from interested parties, such as the CWGC, National Army Museum, British Legion, other historical societies, Military Regiments and local tourist boards we find and locate sites of specific interest to The Trust. The CWGC’s in particular looks after sites that frequently abut the older historical graveyards and they have generously agreed to send us images and information. Several sites have been found by local enthusiasts or tourists who have come across a graveyard. We carry out preliminary research into the graves and find out the history of those that are buried there and find suitable graves to restore.
If the site proves to be of interest to The Trust we will start to raise awareness both in the UK and locally and start a fund raising campaign. We will arrange a schedule of work for the restoration of graves, using local masons, and enlist volunteers to clear the site. For example if many of the graves are from a particular regiment or ship we will write to the relevant regiment or navy contact to see if they will provide volunteers.
Once the schedule is in place the restoration work will start. We aim to use our contacts with various government departments and local press to draw attention to the project and gain support and publicity for the site. By raising awareness of the work and site we hope to increase tourism in the area and encourage interest in the history of the site. To this end we will contact both Tourist boards, local schools and Government officials.