1. ITV Report

Cemetery reopens after 50 years of being closed

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A St Peter Port cemetery that has been closed to the public for nearly 50 years has re-opened, after thousands of hours of restoration work.

Around 8,000 islanders are thought to have been buried at The Brothers' Cemetery, near St Julian's Avenue.

The site fell into ruin, but now a team led by La Societe Guernesiais has worked to restore some of the derelict tombs, make the site safe, and encourage wildlife in the area.

A parish official from St Peter Port thinks it will be good for parishioners to go to for reflection.

I think it's actually a really good idea because a lot of people from town can come up and have some quiet time.

– Douzenier Jacquie Robin, St Peter Port

The cemetery - which was once home to Franciscan Friars - was intensively used for burials in the 19th Century, before it became a less popular burial spot.

A member from La Societe Guernsesiais has said the area has the potential to be a "green lung" for St Peter Port.

As we finished the tombs we began to concentrate on managing the area for biodiversity and wildlife

– Tania Wells, La Societe Guernsesiais