A new volunteer group is to be launched to help Nottingham Road Cemetery be kept clean and tidy.

An inaugural meeting of Friends of Nottingham Road Cemetery Volunteers Group is to be held on Sunday 30th July from 12noon until 2.00pm.

The group is aiming to recruit members of all faiths to help look after Derby’s first municipal burial ground which opened in 1855.

Such groups help look after other cemeteries across the country including nearby Spondon.

It is intended to organise a litter pick on the day with all equipment provided by the Council’s neighbourhood team.

It is also hoped at the meeting, which will be held near the main building at the Nottingham Road car park, will be attended by officials from the council’s bereavement services, funeral directors and councillors.

Councillor Asaf Azal, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection, said:

“Sunday July 30th is International Friendship Day which is a good date to start such a group.

“We are encouraging volunteers from all communities and walks of life to get involved.

“The plan is to form a friendly, sustainable group that takes pride in helping their community and loving their neighbourhood.”

Meeting Details

When: Sunday 30th July from 12noon – 2.00pm.

Where: Nottingham Road car park.

All are welcome.