Our submission for the completed Arnos Vale Cemetery Restoration scheme in Bristol has won the Landscape Institute Award in the category of Heritage and Conservation. Gavin Payne attended the awards ceremony on the 18th November in London where he was presented with the award from Ian McMillan, poet and broadcaster.
Judges’ comment on the scheme: “The restored Arnos Vale is inspiring and the project would be of great interest to many other landscape architects, students and local communities”.
Bristol’s Arnos Vale is one of the country’s most historic cemeteries, but at the turn of the millennium it was in a state of disrepair. Nicholas Pearson Associates formed part of the team who restored the cemetery’s historic character. Throughout the project, care was taken not to disrupt the site’s sensitive ecology, which has allowed its wide range of flora and fauna to flourish. There is also improved disabled access and a number of newly laid paths. Reopened this year, the cemetery now has a variety of uses, including venue hire, open days and guided walks.
The scheme has attracted a lot of well deserved attention in both the national and local media and is well worth a visit.