Arnos Vale shortlisted for Angel Award
The Angel Awards, launched by Andrew Lloyd Webber in June, aim to match supporters with historic buildings and monuments that are in need of renovation and have a good track record of volunteer work.
Due to a lack of public funding, Arnos Vale Cemetery, a 45-acre site built in 1839, has relied on the ‘Arnos Vale Army’ to fight a constant battle with the thorns that threaten to overrun the 300,000 graves. The ‘army’ has ploughed £10m into the scheme since it began in 1998, including unpaid hours and grants.
The Angel Awards received 200 entries to its four categories, the winners of which will be announced at a ceremony on 31 October hosted by presenter Clare Balding and held at Lloyd Webber’s Palace Theatre in London.
Arnos Vale Cemetery will compete against the Ilam Cross, St Stephen’s Rosslyn Hill and the Worthing Dome Cinema for the top prize. It will also feature on BBC2’s Culture Show on 28 October.