Guided walks return to Flaybrick Memorial Gardens

Wirral charity, the Friends of Flaybrick, is to kick-off its annual programme of guided walks on Saturday, 13 April, from 10:40am.

The guided walks cover the final resting places of some of the more well-known residents from Birkenhead’s history, as well as the interesting stories of ordinary folk.

Edward Kemp, who designed the site, and who was the first curator of Birkenhead Park, is buried at Flaybrick, along with the architects responsible for the design of the cemetery chapels and other structures within the site, Charles Lucy and Charles Littler.

The site is listed as grade 2* in the English Heritage register of Parks and Gardens of Specific Historic Interest, and it is accredited as a Significant Cemetery in Europe.

This year’s programme will see further guided walks take place on 11 May, 8 June, 13 July, 10 August, and 28 September.

Chairman of the Friends of Flaybrick, and walks co-ordinator, Rob Dolphin, said, “We’re excited to be back for another year of guided walks at Flaybrick, which continue to get more and more popular, with an average of over 80 people at each walk last year, and on two occasions numbers exceeded 100.

“Flaybrick has such a rich history, and there are so many of Birkenhead’s past residents buried there, many of whom have such interesting backstories. Our database now holds almost 400 stories, so we are able to vary the walks and take visitors on a different route on each occasion.”

Anyone who would like to attend a guided walk is asked to meet from around 10:40am at the top of the central avenue in front of the chapels. People are advised to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Walks last for approximately 90 minutes, and it costs £2 per person to attend, with all proceeds reinvested in the work of the Friends of Flaybrick.

Parking is available in and around the site and the nearest bus stop is located outside Flaybrick Memorial Gardens at the top of Bidston Avenue. Café and toilet facilities are available at nearby Tam O’Shanter’s Urban Farm, which is just over Boundary Road to the rear of the chapels.

Groups and individuals can also book private tours of the memorial gardens, and the Friends also enjoy visiting other societies and organisations to give talks and presentations.

The Friends of Flaybrick recently received The King’s Award for Voluntary Service (KAVS), which is equivalent to an MBE and is the highest award available for voluntary groups within the UK.

The charity always welcomes new volunteers, so please do get in touch with them if you feel this would be of interest to you. For further information, please visit the Friends of Flaybrick website at www.flaybrick.org

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