Arnos Vale Friends receive Queen Award

The Friends of Arnos Vale Cemetery recognised with Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2015.

'The Friends of Arnos Vale Cemetery' have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The 'Friends' were established in 1987, when called into action following a press report that the then private owners wanted to clear a large section of the cemetery for commercial development. The group of concerned local people came together to oppose the proposals and win long-term protection for the site placing it back into public ownership. Today the Friends support the Cemetery Trust in promoting Arnos Vale as a place of remembrance, heritage, wildlife and learning for the community.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

A team of about 100 people give up their time to work on the landsacape, in reception, in the shop, doing research and other administrative roles - new volunteers are always welcome if you fancy joining in. To discover more about volunteering for the friends, visit the Arnos Vale Cemetery website at

The Friends of Arnos Vale Cemetery will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Bristol later this summer.