We are marking some key plants in the Cemetery with bamboo hoops, to stop them from being cut before flowering. Please contact us if you would like more information.
Friends of Earlham Cemetery Events
WALKS (Meet here)
Saturday 15th April 2017 (2pm) – Spring Flowers
Sunday 14th May 2017 (9.30am) – Birdsong
Sunday 18th June 2017 (2pm) – Midsummer
Saturday 22nd July 2017 (2pm) – Big Butterfly Count
Sunday 13th August 2017 (2pm) – High Summer
Sunday 24th September 2017 (2pm) – Trees
Friends of Earlham Cemetery
The Friends of Earlham Cemetery was created in January 2011 by a group of local residents. We aim to protect, conserve and enhance Earlham Cemetery for wildlife and as a place of freedom, recreation and enjoyment for the long-term benefit of all sections of the local community and other visitors. We are working closely with Norwich City Council (who own the Cemetery) and Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
We hold informal monthly walks, starting at the main entrance on Earlham Road, by the Cemetery Office (see map). Everyone is welcome, but please be aware that no dogs are allowed in the Cemetery. Times of all walks are posted here on our website and on our Facebook page. Our photos of Earlham Cemetery are on Facebook and Flickr.
Our walks provide an opportunity to explore Earlham Cemetery and discover a surprising variety of plants, fungi, birds and insects. The walks also provide an opportunity for people who may not want to explore the cemetery alone to enjoy walking around in company.
We have been able to discover more about the history of the cemetery and to explore distinct areas, such as those for war graves, military, Jewish and Muslim burials. Early in 2012 the group was able to find and photograph a relative's grave for a lady in America.
Earlham Cemetery Opening Times
Earlham Cemetery opening times are listed on the Norwich City Council website here.
About Earlham Cemetery
Earlham Cemetery (also called Earlham Road Cemetery) is the city of Norwich's municipal cemetery, a lovely area of greenery to the west of Norwich’s city centre. The Cemetery dates from 1856 and was created as a result of an order issued by the Home Secretary to the Mayor of Norwich in April 1854 banning burials in Norwich churchyards.
The original Cemetery occupied 34 acres but has been extended since it was opened and now covers 85 acres. The newer pieces of land further out of the city have sparser tree cover and are more open. Many trees were planted when the Cemetery was established and there are some very fine specimens.
Friends of Earlham Cemetery are researching the history of Earlham Cemetery and have produced a brief guide as an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file, entitled A Short History of Earlham Cemetery.
Wildlife in Earlham Cemetery
The Cemetery east of Farrow Road is a County Wildife Site.
The many fine specimen trees include Weeping Beech, Black Poplar, Tulip Tree, Ginkgo, Holm Oak, Persian Ironwood, Tree Of Heaven, Yew, limes, cherries and whitebeams.
Areas of longer grass and brambles have been left in places and plants such as Greater and Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea scabiosa and C. nigra), Sorrel (Rumex acetosa), primroses (Primula vulgaris), Cowslips (Primula veris) and Meadow Saxifrage (Saxifraga granulata) can be found, along with swathes of Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) in the spring, followed by Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) in the summer.
Earlham Cemetery is home to quite a variety of birds, insects including moths, butterflies such as the Speckled Wood, Ringlet and Orange Tip, bumblebees (Bombus hypnorum, the Tree Bumblebee, is common on bramble flowers in early summer) and hoverflies. Mammals include Muntjac deer, Grey Squirrels and Foxes.
The 'Documents by Friends of Earlham Cemetery' section of our Resources web page has links to an ever growing list of plants and wildlife found in the Cemetery.
Please let us know your wildlife sightings by e-mail.
In 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Friends of Earlham Cemetery won a Royal Horticultural Society 'It's Your Neighbourhood' award.
On 22nd July 2014 we won the Group category of the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership Community Biodiversity Awards 2014.
Photographs of Earlham Cemetery
Our logo design, featured in the website banner, has been created by Vanna Bartlett, and features a Holly Blue butterfly, ivy and a gravestone.
The Holly Blue butterfly (Celastrina argiolus) has two broods in a year. In Spring the female butterfly lays her eggs on the flower buds of Holly and in Sunmmer Ivy flower buds are used.
The butterfly is found in woods, shrubby parks, gardens, churchyards and cemeteries and is often seen in Earlham Cemetery in Norwich.