What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Thousands of unfortunate people are buried in this small space. BOST will make the site safe and create a lovely natural raised garden for visitors to experience the unique ambience for the first time in over 100 years.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
The burial ground was closed in the mid 1800's due to the overcrowding of some 15,000 remains. There has been a strong following of the graveyard by the Friends of Crossbones for the last 16 years and it is visited by thousands of tourists.
There is great demand for this burial site to be open to the public and BOST now has a lease for three years to fulfil this.
What is your solution?
We want to raise money for building dry stone walled beds, rubble beds, a pond, paved access and storage areas for composting and tools. We want to fill it with flowers and create a space for arts, performances and quiet reflection. We will build these in the form of work days with volunteers, young people and local office workers. The whole community will be invited to join in and create this special garden to honour the many nameless women, children and men buried here.
Photos by: firstname.lastname@example.org & JANSOS
How will you deliver this?
As more of the garden is created we can have more public open days and gardening clubs to maintain the beds and keep the site tidy, safe and looking beautiful.
There will also be special events with local artists, historians, poets, singers and actors.