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Welcome to The Friends of
Woodbury Park Cemetery

A hidden Victorian gem in Royal Tunbridge Wells

This peaceful arcadian burial ground is hidden away just off St John's Road, Tunbridge Wells. If you walk 100 yards or so down Woodbury Park Road,
you will find the entrance at the end of a cul de sac to your right.

The Friends of Woodbury Park Cemetery are volunteers who have cleared away intrusive brambles and saplings from the old gravestones and work every Saturday afternoon tending the magnificent trees and wild flowers. In 2009, the cemetery won the first of its national Green Flags. South and South East in Bloom awards have followed annually since then and Gold awards from Kent Wildlife Trust in 2017 and 2018.

We have so far repaired over 100 memorials, and our historical researches are uncovering the fascinating stories of some of the 6,000 Victorians buried here, like Anna Maria Coombs and her mother, both born in India (Newsletter March 2014).

There are close working links with other local organisations with shared interests and aspirations. We are also especially interested in developing projects to benefit the elderly or disabled, and that involve young people. For the past few years we have run a primary schools award scheme linked with the cemetery as a special place of grace.

Besides hands-on projects, we have a programme of guided walks, talks, events and informative publications. If you have a relative buried in the cemetery, we should love you tell us about them and we can try to help you find out more.

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