St John s at Hackney Churchyard Gardens needs your vote!

St John at Hackney Churchyard Gardens has reached the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards 2009, in the Best Heritage Project category.

The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects and celebrate the people behind them, the great work that they do and the difference that they make.

The restoration of the Churchyard Gardens, off Lower Clapton Road, was completed in 2007 and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Groundwork London, and the Council.

Extensive work was carried out to restore many of the gardens’ original features, including significant tombs and monuments. There was also planting of new trees and flowerbeds, installation of new lighting and the creation of a children’s play area.

Cllr Nargis Khan, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Community Services said: “The St John’s Churchyard Gardens restoration project has proved to be a real success with local people, as well as experts, who awarded it Green Flag status and a Hackney Design Award. Please show your support by voting.”

The first round of public voting to select the UK s top three Best Heritage Projects , runs from 9am on Monday 22 June until midday on Friday 10 July. Votes can be cast online at or by telephone: 0844 686 8775 . The three projects with the most votes in each category will go through to the final round of public voting.