Graveside cuttings upset relatives

Oxford Mail: Colleen Green with the grass cuttings beside her parents’ grave Colleen Green with the grass cuttings beside her parents’ grave

RELATIVES upset by grass cuttings covering their loved ones’ graves have been told by a council boss it has “more important” priorities.

Colleen Green complained to Hook Norton Parish Council over grass over headstones and tyre tracks in the lawn at the village’s cemetery.

Mrs Green, whose parents Marjorie and Colin Stockford are buried at the cemetery, said: “It’s all the long dried grass, it was like a hay field. It completely covered the graves and the flowers.

“The clippings had obviously been thrown over them when the grass was mowed by contractors.”

The 55-year-old mum-of-one said: “It’s an absolute disgrace and very upsetting.

“I couldn’t stop thinking about it afterwards.

“It takes a lot of courage to go to a cemetery and it needs to be a place where people can relax and have special moments.

“How can you remember those moments when you’ve got a grave that’s all covered in mown grass and hay? It’s absolutely everywhere.

But council chairwoman Emma Kane said: “We don’t have the funds to completely clear the grass cuttings up.

“We have more important ways to spend our council budget.”

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11:08am Sat 28 Jun 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

Geez, some people will have a whinge about anything, it's just grass ffs, and the bones laying underneath won't know anything about it.......
Geez, some people will have a whinge about anything, it's just grass ffs, and the bones laying underneath won't know anything about it....... Dilligaf2010
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4:24pm Sun 29 Jun 14

King Joke says...

I very much doubt the bones underneath are doing any laying; they are probably just lying there.
I very much doubt the bones underneath are doing any laying; they are probably just lying there. King Joke
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11:37am Mon 30 Jun 14

locodogz says...

First world problems.........
First world problems......... locodogz
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