Widow's shock as grave 'haven' gets the chop

PUBLISHED: 06:17 22 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:28 24 May 2010

A WIDOW is devastated that trees planted by her husband's grave have been torn down. Phyllis Farmer, aged 72, chose the plot in Weston Crematorium eight years ago because the trees turned the setting into a 'haven'. But when she visited the Ebdon Road sit

A WIDOW is devastated that trees planted by her husband's grave have been torn down.Phyllis Farmer, aged 72, chose the plot in Weston Crematorium eight years ago because the trees turned the setting into a 'haven'.But when she visited the Ebdon Road site last week she was inconsolable over what she describes as 'devastation'.Mrs Farmer, of Lonsdale Avenue, pictured right, said: "It was like my chest was ripped out when I saw it."I was so proud I had chosen the best place for Les because he loved trees and nature. Now I feel like I have let him down."There was no warning to any of us that it was going to happen. I know many people would have petitioned against it had they known."It was so shocking, I feel like they have taken my world away."I go and sit with Les for several hours a week and read or draw. The setting was beautiful with squirrels and birds living in the trees. It was such a comfort to me. Now it's ruined and I can't bear to stop too long because it causes such hurt."A North Somerset Council spokesman said: "There was a very tall evergreen hedge which had to be cut back because it was blocking light into the lodge and the crematorium office."Some of the trees were very tall and thin and thought to be dangerous during high winds. There were also concerns about the roots causing damage to graves."In place of the trees taken down we are going to plant more suitable trees and the whole area is going to be landscaped."At the moment it is looking at its worst but it will look attractive in the near future and we appeal for people to be patient.

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