ABOUT THE PROJECT
While many people know about the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s work in France and Belgium, there are more than 160,000 war graves spread across the UK which are often less known about.
The Eyes On, Hands On project allows volunteers across the country to reconnect with this history and heritage on their doorstep and help CWGC to ensure these war graves – scattered across more than 12,500 locations – are clean and well-tended.
Once trained as an Eyes On, Hands On volunteer you will be encouraged to visit the churchyards and burial grounds near to where you live. You will be equipped with the know-how to spot the isolated graves which come under the Commission’s care, given training on how to undertake minor cleaning work safely and have a chance to meet new people along the way.
Regular information from these local volunteers will ensure CWGC’s professional teams can be better directed and supplement our cleaning cycles.
Due to the ongoing disruption due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the project is currently suspended. We will update this page when it is safe for the scheme to begin again.
How can I find the war graves near me?
Wherever you live in the UK it’s likely there are war graves nearby. By entering your postcode on the following page you can see what sites are within a 10 mile radius and the details of who is buried there.
Support for Eyes On, Hands On
This project has been made possible thanks to a generous donation from Annington.