Grave flowers 'shredded' after grass-cutting at Kendal cemetery

The Westmorland Gazette: Parkside Road Cemetery Parkside Road Cemetery

A WOMAN has hit out at contractors whom she claims have ‘desecrated’ floral tributes at a Kendal graveyard.

Patricia Soulby, 53, of Kendal said she was ‘livid’ after discovering flowers she’d left by the headstone of a friend’s grave at the town’s Parkside Road Cemetery had been shredded as the grass was being cut.

“This has happened quite a few times before – it has happened on my mum’s grave, and that of a neighbour’s son who died in battle,” she said.

“I have talked to other people at the cemetery and I know I am not the only person this has happened to.”

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Ms Soulby went on to say: “They (the contractors) obviously don’t care how much we have paid for these tributes and I see this as a form of desecration.

“They need to be more careful and aware of the consequences this has on the bereaved relatives.”

Deborah Wight, principal community spaces officer at South Lakeland District Council, said: “The council has been made aware of an issue with regard to items being damaged during routine grass strimming at one of its cemeteries.

“Council officers are taking this matter seriously. We have made contact with the contractors carrying out the strimming on behalf of the authority to address the issue and to avoid any repeat of the incident by looking at additional training for newer members of staff working for the contractors.

“We realise that this must have been a distressing incident and would like to apologise for the damage caused and seek to reassure residents that the council is dealing with the issue so it doesn’t happen again.’

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8:08pm Fri 23 May 14

Desdan says...

Let's be quite honest, the overall state of the Cemetery is appalling! SLDC don't care, they allow cars with able bodied people on board, to enter at will, spoiling the serenity. The cut grass is strewn everywhere. The centre path is constantly neglected and becomes overgrown. It's about time someone who is in charge of overseeing the work that is done, actually does the job of they are paid to do and OVERSEE!! SLDC should be ashamed of the state they have allowed it to fall into over the years.
Let's be quite honest, the overall state of the Cemetery is appalling! SLDC don't care, they allow cars with able bodied people on board, to enter at will, spoiling the serenity. The cut grass is strewn everywhere. The centre path is constantly neglected and becomes overgrown. It's about time someone who is in charge of overseeing the work that is done, actually does the job of they are paid to do and OVERSEE!! SLDC should be ashamed of the state they have allowed it to fall into over the years. Desdan
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7:39am Sat 24 May 14

Holiday Boy says...

Desdan wrote:
Let's be quite honest, the overall state of the Cemetery is appalling! SLDC don't care, they allow cars with able bodied people on board, to enter at will, spoiling the serenity. The cut grass is strewn everywhere. The centre path is constantly neglected and becomes overgrown. It's about time someone who is in charge of overseeing the work that is done, actually does the job of they are paid to do and OVERSEE!! SLDC should be ashamed of the state they have allowed it to fall into over the years.
Quite agree it's disgusting. If you ever have the privilege of visiting a war cemetery on your travels it clearly shows that this silly tin pot town is more interested in wasting money on car park machines than making it an appealing place.
They probably use the eco chestnut theory just like they do at Kirkby Lonsdale, and that's a disgrace aswell, overgrown and hacked once a year.
No respect.
[quote][p][bold]Desdan[/bold] wrote: Let's be quite honest, the overall state of the Cemetery is appalling! SLDC don't care, they allow cars with able bodied people on board, to enter at will, spoiling the serenity. The cut grass is strewn everywhere. The centre path is constantly neglected and becomes overgrown. It's about time someone who is in charge of overseeing the work that is done, actually does the job of they are paid to do and OVERSEE!! SLDC should be ashamed of the state they have allowed it to fall into over the years.[/p][/quote]Quite agree it's disgusting. If you ever have the privilege of visiting a war cemetery on your travels it clearly shows that this silly tin pot town is more interested in wasting money on car park machines than making it an appealing place. They probably use the eco chestnut theory just like they do at Kirkby Lonsdale, and that's a disgrace aswell, overgrown and hacked once a year. No respect. Holiday Boy
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