A glow up is about to hit Highgate Cemetery.
No graves will be harmed in the process (looking at you, Karl Marx), but the world-famous Highgate Cemetery is about to receive a lovely makeover.
And, it’s going to lose a whole bunch of its trees that scatter the grounds, making it quite the overthrow. Although this won’t be to the liking of many who wish to keep the grounds as they have been for years, the argument here is the opening up of fantastic views across London from the ground.
Moreover, this revolutionary switch up is actually inspired by history itself. Paintings from all the way back in the 1800s actually depict the grounds with the clear views across the sky without the beloved trees that arrived later. Also, none of the trees being chopped down are “ancient trees”, with many that are due to go actively being a threat to some of the graves.
The new work on the cemetery is to be carried out by architects Gustafson Porter + Bowman, in conjunction with Hopkin’s architects for work on the grounds. It goes without saying that the work should be carried out quietly and efficiently to provide as little disturbance as possible to those at rest.