Mourning son shocked by overgrown cemetery

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 June 2018

Milton Road Cemetery, Weston-s-Mare

Milton Road Cemetery, Weston-s-Mare

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Weston cemetery’s condition has been criticised by a man after visiting to leave flowers on his mother’s grave.

Milton Road Cemetery, Weston-s-MareMilton Road Cemetery, Weston-s-Mare

Nicholas Witts was at Milton Road Cemetery earlier this month – a day after his dad’s funeral – but was left ‘shocked’ by the length of overgrown grass in many areas of the site.

He said: “It is the worst it has been for years.

“The day before we had our dad’s funeral and thought it would be nice to take the flowers up there to put on my mum’s grave.

“So we drove down from the top of the cemetery and I could not believe what I was seeing.

Milton Road Cemetery, Weston-s-MareMilton Road Cemetery, Weston-s-Mare

“For me it was very upsetting as we had just said goodbye to my father the day before, and our emotions were running high.”

The site is maintained by Weston Town Council which says it needs to allow grass to grow as it cannot access many areas with a mower.

A town council spokesman said: “The grass cutting at the cemetery has to be undertaken using strimmers due to the many gravestones and kerbs.

“This is a very labour intensive operation, and the recent conditions of very wet weather followed by very hot humid weather, has had a significant effect on how quickly the grass grows.

Milton Road Cemetery, Weston-s-MareMilton Road Cemetery, Weston-s-Mare

“In addition, at this time of year there are also a range of other pressures such as planting the flower beds and planters at the cemetery and in other locations.

“The routine maintenance is an ongoing continuous process as work goes from one end of the cemetery to the other, and then the process starts again.

“We are working very hard to address the areas that have got a bit long at the moment and to do this as quickly as possible, but it may take a week or two.”

North Somerset councillor Mike Bell has praised the work done at the cemetery by the town council, but he does believe grass cutting should be completed more often.

He said: “The town council has done a great job overall maintaining the cemetery but grass cutting needs to be regular and done properly.

“Families should not have to cut grass from around graves or be confronted with weeds and grass cuttings left abandoned on the ground.

“People pay for their plots and it must be upsetting to see the cemetery in this condition.”

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