Tree Trail

Heritage Trail

Teachers Resources

Willow Grove Tree Trail has a number of rare and exotic trees from around the world.

The Tree Trail Leaflet can be downloaded from this website.

The Heritage Trail guides you around the cemetery giving a fascinating insight into Stockport's history and famous characters.

The Heritage Trail Leaflet can be downloaded from this website.


For teachers we have a range of resources to help plan and run outdoor learning lessons and follow on work at Willow Grove.

See Teachers Resources from the menu at the top of the page.

Willow Grove

an outdoor learning resource in Stockport

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Military Trail

The Military Trail gives you insight into the remarkable stories of some of those who gave their lives in the World Wars.

The Military Trail Leaflet can be downloaded from this website.


Willow Grove Heritage Trail leaflet, in pdf format.

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Willow Grove Tree Trail leaflet in pdf format.



A Short History of Willow Grove Cemetery

book, in pdf format

(This booklet has been part-funded by The Co-operative Membership Community Fund, for which we are greatly appreciative.)

Military Casualty List for

Willow Grove Cemetery


Willow Grove Military Trail

leaflet in pdf format.


Shrouds to Shrines

book, in pdf format

(This booklet has been part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, for which we are greatly appreciative.)

Centennial Commemoration Event at Willow Grove Cemetery, 10th November 2018


Since 2014, we have been highlighting the lives of soldiers who served in the Great War of 1914 -1918 and who lie buried at Willow Grove Cemetery in Reddish.

2014 Jean-Francoise Vermeulen, 2015, Arthur and William Scott, 2016 Jack Horrocks,  2017 Joseph Lister VC, 2018 Ellis Adshead and William Wright.  

This year are final event we told the stories of, Ellis Adshead and William Wright and unveiled a WGCM for Jean-Francoise Vermeulen the first soldier to be buried in Willow Grove 104 years ago.  

Ellis Adshead.

Ellis lived with his parents and 8 siblings at 17 Norfolk St., Portwood Stockport and was just 21 when he enlisted on 4th October 1915. After safely completing 2.5 years active service he was granted leave and returned home on 5th December 1918 but he caught a chill and died just four days later of bronchial pneumonia.

William Wright

William was born in 1895 and lived 78, Lancashire Hill Heaton Norris, Stockport. In the final days of the war many battles still raged as the German Army undertook a stiff fighting retreat William was killed on 4th November 1918

The event at Willow Grove opened at 10am, to a medley of tunes played by Stockport Silver Band and shortly afterwards, Councillor Linda Holt (The Mayor of Stockport) and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester arrived.


The parade was led by piper Steve Plumber and there were representatives from  serving and ex-serving members of our forces with local cadet forces.

As the parade marched around the cemetery and came to a halt at the WGC Screen Wall,  Geoff Baines, of the Royal Regiment of the Lancashire Fusiliers Band, played “The Last Post” in honour to all those who gave their lives in the Great War.

After this the Mayor and other dignitaries proceeded to the grave of Joanne-Francoise Vermeulen to unveil a new WGCM holding Belgium flag Stephen Liversage for CWGC and John Meesus Belgium Consulate, in  picture of unveiling the stone.


Please see the link below to go on you tube which shows the whole

event in Nov 2018. CLICK