Christmas and New Year
Branksome, Broadstone, Parkstone and Poole Cemeteries will be open throughout the festive period between 9am and 14pm each day, Monday to Sunday (including bank holidays).
Please contact the out of hours service cover on 0800 506050 in the event of an emergency.
May to August:
September to April:
Parking is available at the cemetery.
To view future funeral arrangements, please use our Funeral Service Diary.
The cemetery contains the burial place of Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 - 1913) the distinguished naturalist and explorer. In 1858 he and his close friend Charles Darwin put forward the theory of evolution by natural selection that led to Darwin writing the controversial book "On The Origin of Species". In 1876 Wallace published his greatest work "The Geographical Distribution of Animals" that laid the basis of the modern science of bio-geography.
Wallace moved to Broadstone in 1902 where he was much loved by local people. He lived for the last 11 years of his life in a house called "Old Orchard" that once stood where Wallace Road is today and one of the health centres in Broadstone, at 18 Kirkway, is named Wallace House.
His grave in Broadstone Cemetery is uniquely marked by a fossilised tree.
Page last updated: 29 November 2019