Ashfield District Council plans to tackle over-grown cemeteries

Valerie Docherty is disgusted at the state of Sutton Cemetary where her mother and other family members are buried.
Valerie Docherty is disgusted at the state of Sutton Cemetary where her mother and other family members are buried.

Plans have been laid out to improve the cemeteries around Ashfield by appointing a new cemetery keeper and carrying out work on mature trees.

Earlier this summer, we reported that visitors to Sutton cemetery had raised concerns about the over-grown grass and fallen branches.

A council report stated that infrastructure improvements will begin this summer but it added: ‘The grass cutting standard within all sites is not currently to the required standard.’

Now, councillors have agreed to appoint a new cemetery keeper, as well as create apprenticeship positions when vacancies become available. They have also agreed to set aside £9,000 to carry out works to mature trees and ensure they are safe.

The plans were agreed at a cabinet meeting on Thursday and will be implemented if approved by a full council.

Council leader Chris Baron said that the council was hoping to create apprenticeships in all its services.