Welcome to the website of the Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery! We are a small community organisation formed in 2011. Our aim is to enhance, protect and promote the cemetery for future generations. Opened in 1875, the original 10-acre Victorian site is now designated as a ”Park or Garden of Special Historic Interest” with Historic England, and contains Grade 2 listed buildings and monuments. It has expanded over the years to its current 53 acres, and has been owned and managed by Leeds City Council…



It is with great sadness that we are informing our supporters that Kate Vernon has passed away. Kate was a founder member of the Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery and spent many hours supporting our work: as a committee member, the membership secretary and editor of the newsletter, as well as monitoring and responding to our…

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National Federation of Cemetery Friends

We are a member of the National Federation of Cemetery Friends which brings together groups from around the country and links into the Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe. The Federation supports council owners to keep cemeteries safe and tidy, to sustain and preserve the historical significance and wildlife havens they provide. This entirely reflects the mission of our own Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery.


Action Day 3rd September

Our next Action Day is Saturday 3rd September. We meet on the first Saturday of every month at 10am in the car park opposite the main entrance to the cemetery on Otley Road. If you would like to join us, just turn up at 10am wearing suitable clothing and sturdy shoes for outside gardening activities. Tools and refreshments are provided. All new volunteers are most welcome ! If you would like more information contact us via Facebook or our contact form at the bottom of this home page.



Why not visit the cemetery and walk in the cool shade of the lovely trees and feel the peace, quiet and calm of this place ? Cemeteries are havens for flora and fauna, and Lawnswood, as the name suggests, has wonderful woodland and mature trees to support nature. It a peaceful place to walk through, or to sit and listen to the birdsong.