Friends of Hartwood Paupers Cemetery Project has been made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to rename our once lost 1255 souls, reunite individuals with long-lost relatives, highlight the journey of mental health, past and present, whilst encouraging everyone to speak honestly and listen to each other without judgement.
Thank you to North Lanarkshire Council and John Ashcroft for all their help, guidance and funding which has helped us install a bench, provide PPE for our volunteers and plants for the barrels.
Thank you to North Lanarkshire Restorative Justice Department for all the time, dedication and fabulous craftsmanship, building our popular library box, bird boxes and insect havens. We look forward to a continued partnership.
Thank you to NLC Heritage Centre in Motherwell who allowed us to sit for weeks, transcribing the two books which contained the cemetery records. And thank you to Andy who lived in Hartwood and was a staff nurse, for rescuing the books from the skip, otherwise we would have never been able to identify our 1255 souls by name.
Thank you to Iain MacKenzie and Lesley Cordiner, NHS Lanarkshire Mental Health & Learning Disability Service, for all their help and providing the funding for the boards which renamed our 1255 souls, giving them back dignity in death.
Thank you to Clare Adamson, MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw and Neil Gray, MSP for Airdrie and Shotts, who have showcased our project within the Scottish Parliament, in the form of a motion and during a chamber debate, highlighting the importance of locally produced documentaries to tell the story of our history across Scotland.
Thank you to all the local companies who have donated and provided much needed resources:
- Wood Logs Scotland in Strathaven for providing the barrels woodlogsscotland.co.uk,
- Asda Newmains and Aldi Wishaw for plants and soil
- Enva recycled composting
- Larkhall Community Garden
- OneCarluke High Mill Community Garden
- Paul Colvin, The Indy Poet
- Rab our Postman for putting up with our constant deliveries
- Shona Carr from Skweeker Stones
- Solway Recycling
- Taylor Homes
- Our very own photographers: Jim Cooper, village resident and John Delaney, retired ex -Staff nurse, Hartwood.
But most importantly, thank you to everyone who has believed in us, volunteered and continues to support us in what we do.