Tarmac has committed £30,000 to the regeneration of St Giles Churchyard in Newcastle-under-Lyme as part of an £800,000 project in partnership with Newcastle Borough District Council and Heritage Lottery Fund.
The project will see archaeologists from Staffordshire University as well as members of the local community transform the historic graveyard into a site for local residents and visitors to enjoy and learn about local heritage.
Before the project began the church was blighted by a large spoil heap left behind when the Georgian church was demolished and rebuilt in the 18th century. The spoil heap prevented the local community from making best use of the space and unearthing the history of the churchyard.
Commenting on the project,David Wilson, national waste managerat Tarmac stated: “We are delighted to make a contribution to St Giles Community Heritage and Conservation Project. Our support of this is part of Tarmac’s ongoing commitment to working with local communities. The churchyard is set to become a safe, pleasing and stimulating educational heritage environment. I am looking forward to watching the project progress.”
A Victorian-themed celebration event is due to take place when the project is completed in December 2016.