THE cemetery where Dick Turpin is believed to be laid to rest in York has been spruced up by a group of volunteers from local organisations and businesses.

Over the past 18 months the graveyard at St George’s Church, George Street, where England’s most notorious highwayman now lies, has been undergoing improvements.

The transformation is thanks to a collaboration between the Navigation and Walmgate Community Association, York Cares volunteers, Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors, tourist attraction York Dungeon and City of York Council.

Cllr Andrew Waller, executive member for the environment, said: “Dick Turpin was a notorious national figure and I am not sure that he would have joined in a voluntary community project like this. However, this graveyard, a gem of historical interest, is now looking much improved. I’d like to thank everyone involved for their support and hope that this will encourage people to visit, and consider volunteering in their own area.”

The cemetery – now a closed graveyard – is welcoming visitors with a new information board about the life of the butcher turned deer thief, poacher, burglar, horse thief, murderer and highwayman.

A new gate and railings have been installed and volunteers have removed an untidy hedge to open up the view to the Turpin’s headstone and laid a new footpath to make a much more inviting and pleasant site. The improved view of the area is also helping community police keep a watchful eye on the area.