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Watford’s burial service achieves gold status

Watford Borough Council’s burial service has received the highest national accredited standard by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) – who aim to improve the experience of the bereaved.

The team based at North Watford Cemetery and Vicarage Road Cemetery, joins a small selection of other local authorities in the country to obtain this gold standard award. To be considered for the Charter, local authorities must achieve the basic targets and developments in helping families and friends arranging funerals for loved ones, including facilities offered and information available.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said: “When somebody passes away it is always a difficult time for their family of loved ones. That’s why we provide good facilities and support, to ensure the burial goes as smoothly as possible. We work hard to make sure our parks, cemeteries and green spaces are maintained to the highest possible standards, which is why we have the highest number of Green Flags in Hertfordshire. It is so important that we offer residents in Watford a helpful and peaceful experience to remember their loved ones.”

Over the last year, North Watford Cemetery saw the restoration of its iron gates and also held a moving remembrance service for the 75th year anniversary of the 37 people killed in Sandringham Road by a German bomb during World War Two.

The restoration of North Watford Cemetery’s iron gates were part of ongoing improvements to the 88 year old cemetery – including the new lodge extension and landscaping of the grounds which have been awarded national Green Flag status. Extensive corrosion to the metal work and damage caused by years of weathering has been repaired and new paint applied to restore the gates to their former glory.