Broadwater and Worthing Cemetery is an active cemetery located off South Farm Road, it comprises of approximately 14.5 acres of land and provides a peaceful haven for wildlife and residents alike. There is a rich selection of plant life throughout the cemetery: various grasses, deciduous and coniferous trees, bushes, and shrubs such as dog rose, holly and buddleia. Throughout the year, from spring to winter there are flowers to spot and enjoy, including snowdrops and primrose in late winter, lesser celandine in early spring and extensive swathes of oxeye daisies in summer.
Since 2008, volunteers with the Friends of Broadwater and Worthing Cemetery Group have been maintaining select areas for the benefit of insects and wildflowers. Throughout the cemetery there are several areas (totalling around 180m2) that have been designated “no mowing” areas, wooden markers have been positioned to indicate this to grass cutting contractors.
The main entrance is located on South Farm Road, between Ardsheal Road and Carnegie Road. On Weekends and Bank Holidays there is an entrance on Carnegie Road. Access is best during daylight hours: Monday to Sunday: 8:00am to 6:00pm from October to March, Monday to Sunday: 8:00am to 8:00pm from April to September. Main paths are wheelchair and pushchair friendly.
There is no parking available on site however there is ample parking on South Farm Road if required.
Volunteers are encouraged to assist with regular clearance days which run the last Saturday of every month between 10.00 am and Midday. This is currently on hold due to Coronavirus restrictions; however, it is hoped that this will return soon.
At Heene Cemetery, volunteers carry out extensive monitoring of the species that can be found there. Below is a comprehensive list, supplied by the Friends of Heene Cemetery, of all the flowering plants that have been recorded there to date.
American Willowherb Annual Meadow-grass Ash Atlantic Ivy Barren Brome Bay Beaked Hawk’s-beard Bittersweet or Woody- Nightshade Black Medick Bladder Campion Borage Bramble Bristly Ox tongue Broad-leaved Dock Broad-leaved Willowherb Butterfly Bush Carnation Cat’s-ear Cleavers or Goosegrass Cock’s-foot Columbine Common Bent Common Bird’s-foot- trefoil Common Comfrey Common Dog-violet Common Ivy Common Mouse-ear Common Nettle Common or Black- Knapweed Common Poppy Common Ragwort Common Soft-brome Common Sorrel Common Spotted Orchid Common Toadflax Common Vetch Corn Marigold Cornflower Cotoneaster sp. Crab Apple Creeping Bent Creeping Cinquefoil Creeping Thistle Crested Dog’s-tail Cultivated Daffodil Cut-leaved Crane’s-bill
Daisy Dandelion Deadly Nightshade Dog-rose Early Dog-violet Elder Enchanter’s- nightshade English Elm Evergreen or Holm Oak False Oat-Grass False-brome Feverfew Field Bindweed Field Forget-me-not Field Maple Field Wood-rush Flax Fool’s Parsley Fox-and-cubs or Orange-Hawkweed Foxglove Garden Grape Hyacinth Garden Privet Garden Strawberry Garlic Mustard Germander Speedwell Glaucous Sedge Goat Willow Great Willowherb Greater Bird’s-foot- trefoil Greater Plantain Grey Sedge Hairy Tare Hawthorn Hazel Heath False-brome (Tor Grass) Hedge Bindweed Hedge Woundwort Herb Robert Himalayan Honeysuckle or- Flowering Nutmeg Hoary Willowherb Hogweed Holly Honeysuckle Hybrid Bluebell (H. non-scripta x hispanica)
Indian Strawberry Ivy-leaved Speedwell Lady’s Bedstraw Lady’s Mantle Large-leaved Lime Lesser Celandine Lesser Yellow Trefoil Lords-and-Ladies or -Cuckoo Pint Love-in-a-mist Marjoram Meadow Buttercup Meadow Crane’s-bill Mexican Fleabane Michaelmas Daisy Montbretia (C. aurea x pottsii) Musk Mallow Nipplewort Oxeye Daisy Pedunculate Oak Pendulous Sedge Perennial Rye-grass Perforate St John’s Wort Prickly Lettuce Prickly Sow-thistle Primrose Purple Toadflax Quaking Grass Ragged-Robin Red Campion Red Clover Red Dead-nettle Red Fescue Red Valerian Ribwort Plantain Rose Campion Rosebay Willowherb Rough Meadow-grass Scarlet Pimpernel Selfheal Sheep’s-fescue Short-fruited Willowherb Silver Birch Smooth Hawk’s-beard Smooth Sow-thistle Sneezewort Spear Thistle
Spindle Tree Spring Crocus Square-stalked St John’s -Wort Square-stemmed -Willowherb Stinking Iris Summer Snowflake Sycamore Thale Cress Three-cornered Garlic or -Leek Thyme-leaved Speedwell Trailing Bellflower Tutsan Viper’s-bugloss Wall Barley Wall Lettuce Water Figwort Wavy Bitter-cress White Campion White Clover White Comfrey White Stonecrop Wild Carrot Wild Onion or Crow Garlic Wild Teasel Wood Avens or Herb-Bennet Wood Dock Wood Forget-me-not Yarrow Yorkshire-fog
Heene Cemetery is located on Manor Road, Worthing. Within the now closed cemetery (burials no longer occur there) there is an extensive wildflower meadow that is managed by the Friends of Heene Cemetery group. A team of volunteers carry out maintenance of the land by removing invasive species and replacing them with suitable native species, such as Common Bird’s-foot- trefoil, Meadow Crane’s-bill, Primrose, Wild Teasel and Yarrow. A comprehensive list, supplied by the Friends of Heene Cemetery can be found here: Heene Cemetery Flowering Plants List
Volunteers celebrating their 5th anniversary
An early primose
Access to the site is normally restricted to the public, however voluntary work is carried out on Tuesday and Saturday afternoons between 2pm-4pm during which members of the public are allowed to enter. New volunteers are welcome to visit on these working days and learn what the group does and where help is needed. Throughout the year volunteers run 4 open days and several tours. Visits by arrangement can be organised with the Friends of Heene Cemetery.
Mats are available to place on the paths suitable for wheelchair and impaired access.
The last year has been challenging, but Friends of Heene Cemetery have managed to keep the basic maintenance of the grounds under control with dedicated volunteers attending in pairs throughout lockdown by working in isolation and adhering to social distancing rules.
Even with the restrictions that have continually been changing this year, as a team they have managed to maintain, record, research and begin many different projects:
A new website was launched in July 2020 where the group celebrated 5 years of working together with a picnic.
Green Flag Award judging by Keith Percival
Two publications in the local paper, Worthing Herald.
A visit by Kate Greening WBC Cemetery’s manager and Harriet from Caring for God’s Acre
Rescued slow worms and lizards were introduced
Survey of mosses etc by Sue Rubenstein from Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre
Survey of Fungi by Nick Aplin from Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre
Introduction to identifying headstone materials by West Sussex Geological Society
The best time to see the wildflowers is from February to October.