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  • NORTHWOOD CEMETERY MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE PLAN 2017-2027

    NORTHWOOD CEMETERY

    MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE PLAN

    2017-2027

  • NORTHWOOD CEMETERY MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE PLAN 2017-2017

    CONTENTS

    1. INTRODUCTION

    1.1 The Site

    1.2 The Management

    1.3 HLF Bid

    2. THE MANAGEMENT PLAN

    2.1 Purpose and Scope of MMP

    2.2 MMP Objectives

    2.3 The MMP Structures

    3. THE EXISTING CEMETERY

    3.1 Site History

    3.2 Landscape Character and Inventory

    3.3 Designated Zones

    3.4 Ownership, Boundaries and Neighbours

    3.5 Access, Entrances and Parking

    3.6 Designations, Strategic Context and Policies

    3.7 Surveys

    3.8 Users and Visitor Profile

    3.9 Multi Faith Approaches

    3.10 Existing Management and Maintenance

    3.11 Key Existing Policies and Procedures

    4. KEY MANAGEMENT ISSUES

    4.1 SWOT Analysis

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    5. ACTION PLAN

    5.1 A Welcoming Place

    5.2 Healthy, Safe and Secure

    5.3 Clean and Well Maintained

    5.4 Sustainability

    5.5 Conservation and Heritage

    5.6 Community Involvement

    5.7 Marketing and Promotion

    5.8 Management

    6. NORTHWOOD CEMETERY VISION AND OBJECTIVES

    6.1 Vision

    6.2 Aims and Objectives

    7. STAGE 2 PROPOSALS

    8. MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE

    9. FINANCIAL PLAN

    10. CONSTRAINTS

    11. MONITORING AND EVALUATION

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    1. INTRODUCTION

    1.1 The Site

    Northwood Cemetery is one of 12 open cemeteries owned and operated by the Isle of Wight Council (IWC) on the Isle of Wight. It a 'working cemetery' and covers a site of approx 17 acres and is the Island's second oldest and largest public cemetery dating from 1856. The cemetery is a good example of a locally significant designed landscape of remembrance.

    1.2 The Management

    The cemetery is managed on a day to day basis by the IWC via its Bereavement Services Department. A number of other IWC staff also provide specialist input for example Property Services, the Ecology Officer, IW Records, the Tree Officer. The management of the cemetery should be seen within the context of the IWC's overall burial service provision and the policies, procedures, practices and contracts that pertain to all its municipal cemeteries.

    The Friends of Northwood Cemetery (FoNC) have been extremely proactive in research, recruitment of members and volunteers and during the past few years have been supporting the IWC grounds maintenance programme clearing overgrown areas, restoring the fabric of the site buildings and transcribing burial headstones and notating to match burial register records.

    The IWC have for the purposes of the HLF project, developed a partnership with FoNC, a community organisation of some 250 members and volunteers who play an active part in the conservation and protection of the cemetery. This partnership will be developed and sustained beyond the HLF project lifetime and will provide a new and innovative model for cemetery management on the Island. This MMP has been jointly commissioned by the Partnership and both organisations will have responsibility for its delivery within their specific roles and responsibilities.

    1.3 Northwood Cemetery HLF Bid

    The Management and Maintenance Plan (MMP) for Northwood Cemetery is a 10 year plan that needs to be read in conjunction with the following documents also prepared as part of the HLF Second Round Submission:

     The Landscape Assessment  The Conservation Plan  The Activity Plan

    These document sets out in greater detail the unique habitat and heritage value of the site, how this needs to be protected, the range of current site users and explores the potential for extending further, heritage engagement.

    When read in conjunction with the Round 2 HLF bid submission, there is a clear plan to restore and rescue heritage elements at risk, maximise the potential of the site, create new opportunities for

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    community engagement and ensure that the site heritage is protected for future generations to enjoy. The MMP is the mechanism via which the site and project activities can be effectively maintained post project delivery and appropriate management processes and procedures can be embedded as part of an on-going and sustainable maintenance action plan.

    2. THE MANAGEMENT PLAN

    2.1 Purpose and Scope of the MMP

    The primary aim for developing this plan is as a working document designed to aid the efficiency and effective management of Northwood Cemetery. The MMP should be read by anyone with an interest in the cemetery including the stakeholders and users. The background documents that have guided its development are:

     HLF Management and Maintenance Planning’, HLF November 2008;  Raising the Standard – The Green Flag Award Guidance Manual’ updated 2004;  HLF Activity Plan Northwood Cemetery 2014;  Northwood Cemetery Landscape Assessment and Conservation Plan 2014.

    The MMP is a working document that will be developed further over the next few years. Guided by the project’s Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) which includes representatives of the Isle of Wight Council, Northwood Parish Council, Gurnard Parish Council and local groups interested in natural or built heritage ,the proposed management structures will be robust and appropriate to the management needs of the cemetery. In line with HLF guidance the MMP seeks to answer the following questions:

     Where are we now?

     Where do we want to get to?

     How will we get there?

     How will we know when we’ve arrived?

    The MMP has been written after consultation with the following:

     The Isle of Wight Council;

     Friends of Northwood Cemetery;

     Stakeholder Advisory Group;

     Local Faith groups and other community organisations.

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    2. 2 MMP Objectives

    The specific objectives that should be fulfilled by the MMP in the first few years of development and implementation are listed below. These are based upon the management priorities currently prevailing in the cemetery and may change with time as specific objectives are successfully fulfilled and new priorities emerge as part of the MMP monitoring process. Generally the MMP will:

    • Set out policies and direction for the future of the cemetery; • Bring together all issues that affect management and maintenance; • Encourage a growing sense of ownership by staff and the community creating pride in the

    cemetery; • Act as a basis for identifying priorities for future action and ongoing

    improvements; • Support the HLF Second Round Application; • Support future Green Flag application.

    The aim of the plan is to provide a framework under which the IWC ,in partnership with FoNC, can deliver their long-term aims and objectives for the Cemetery as a working cemetery and a place for residents and visitors to enjoy the cultural and natural heritage of the site.

    The IWC who are the owners and managers of the cemetery also have responsibility for eleven other cemeteries and 11 closed churchyards on the Island. The MMP for Northwood Cemetery needs to operate within the broader context of policies, procedures, maintenance schedules and contracts that apply across all cemeteries owned and operated by the IWC. The plan draws together the aspirations of the IWCl, FoNC, local Parish Councils, local residents, local historians and experts in archaeology & natural history. The Stakeholders Advisory Group, established for the project, will have an important role in providing external review and providing additional expertise and guidance.

    The plan will incorporate the management and maintenance of all 45 plots in the Cemetery including all faith/consecrated plots, the planned Woodland Burial area, conservation areas, boundary structures and buildings. It is aimed at practical long-term benefits for the cemetery which can be delivered by the community taking into account predicted budgets and availability and the skill level of the local workforce.

    In order to be a useful and user-friendly document, the MMP will:

     Include a workable (SMART) Action Plan;

     Evolve with time as the project and proposals are developed;

     Include timescales to allow monitoring of progress;

     Be reviewed and updated regularly, using a Plan, Do and Review Cycle.

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    2.3 The MMP Structure

    The MMP contains the following:

     The cemetery history, landscape character, ownership and agreements;

     The strategic and policy context.;

     User and visitor profile.;

     Review of the past and current management and maintenance;

     Key management issues, Green Flag criteria analysis and Action Plan recommendations.

     Proposed landscape maintenance aims and objectives

     Financial plan and risk assessment.

     Mechanism for Monitoring and review of the MMP.

    3. THE EXISTING CEMETERY

    3.1 Site History

    Northwood Cemetery is a municipal cemetery on the southern edge of the town and

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