Lakes village graveyard branded as 'disgraceful'

OVERGROWN: But churchyard also has a conservation role

OVERGROWN: But churchyard also has a conservation role

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UNKEMPT graves in a Lake District village have been branded a ‘disgrace’ by angry relatives of the deceased.

They say the grass is so high only the top of the headstones are visible at the Hawkshead Burial Ground.

People who have loved ones buried there find the overgrown graveyard ‘distressing’.

Hawkshead Parish Council tends to the graves twice a year but for them to be permanently maintained relatives must pay a £50 fee.

This is because most of the village is a conservation area and the council wants the wild flowers that grow on the land to flourish.

Brenda Thwaite’s parents and grandparents are buried at the site outside the Church of St Michael and All Angels.

“It’s a disgrace,” said Mrs Thwaite, who was born and bred in the village and now lives in Somerset.

“You see the graves of people who you know or went to school with and their families can’t afford to keep the graves maintained. Some people have no family [to pay]. I think it should be cut, it always was.

“This is just something that happened in the last few years, it’s so distressing. I feel very strongly about it.”

John Poole, clerk for Hawkshead Parish Council, said it looks so overgrown because of the summer weather. he said: “It’s the time of the year .“The churchyard is a conservation area. It isn’t cultivated but it is cut two times a year.

“It’s due for cutting after the wild flowers have set. The church yard itself is maintained as a wild area to keep it as natural as possible.

“Each individual grave can be maintained by paying Hawkshead Parish Council £50 a year and those graves will be cut regularly.”

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4:27pm Wed 9 Jul 14

churchy66 says...

Yet another parish hiding behind the 'conservation area' absolute rubbish - and to charge £50 a year is appalling. Why on earth a team of volunteers can not be put together is beyond me!!
Yet another parish hiding behind the 'conservation area' absolute rubbish - and to charge £50 a year is appalling. Why on earth a team of volunteers can not be put together is beyond me!! churchy66
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5:48pm Thu 10 Jul 14

drixhen says...

get some of the unemployed to clean it up
get some of the unemployed to clean it up drixhen
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2:34pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Nagsman on the hill says...

It is an embarrassment to all the visitors that come to Hawkshead and conservation area is just an excuse to not maintain it.
It is an embarrassment to all the visitors that come to Hawkshead and conservation area is just an excuse to not maintain it. Nagsman on the hill
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