Why didn’t council cut cemetery grass for Father’s Day?

Nicola Wood at Parkstone Cemetery

Nicola Wood at Parkstone Cemetery

First published in News by

RELATIVES of loved ones buried at two Poole graveyards are angry at the overgrown state they were allowed to get into.

Complaints included pathways almost inaccessible at Hamworthy’s St Michaels Church and knee-high foliage at Parkstone Cemetery.

Oakdale resident Nicola Wood told the Daily Echo: “We went down to my father’s grave at Parkstone Cemetery on Father’s Day last Sunday and it was quite upsetting.

“The whole place was overgrown, there was another family there that was upset as well.”

The 38-year-old mum-of-two said Borough of Poole should have done more to ensure the cemetery was tidy for the occasion, as many relatives make special trips on that particular day.

Council workers, who finally cut back the grass at St Michael’s on Wednesday, have now started doing the same at Parkstone, but this could take up to three weeks to complete.

Ms Wood added: “The cemetery is usually quite well maintained, my dad’s grave is down at the end and it’s nice to sit there. But on Father’s Day it was just dreadful, you couldn’t appreciate anything down there at all.”

Barry and Avril Frampton contacted the Echo about their concerns following a visit to St Michael’s Church graveyard.

Mr Frampton said: “We tend our mother’s grave at St Michael’s at least once a fortnight.

“When we arrived on Sunday we could barely see our mother’s headstone. As you can imagine this was very upsetting.”

Meanwhile, Michelle Lines – whose father is buried at St Michaels and grandfather at Parkstone Cemetery – said she was shocked by the state of both graveyards.

“My Nan is in her 90s and there was no way she could walk down to put flowers on her husband’s grave. It was so upsetting.”

Borough of Poole streetscene services manager Kate Langdown said the prolonged wet winter and spring have made it difficult to access and cut grounds without causing damage.

She added: “We do appreciate the importance of this service to the residents of Poole.

“We trust residents will notice an improvement shortly and thank them for their patience and understanding.”

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1:26pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Isosceles says...

Get some sheep in there?
Get some sheep in there? Isosceles
  • Score: 6

1:33pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Understated says...

“The whole place was overgrown, there was another family there that was upset as well.”

are you sure it was the grass that was upsetting them.. and not the fact they were visiting someone they miss?
“The whole place was overgrown, there was another family there that was upset as well.” are you sure it was the grass that was upsetting them.. and not the fact they were visiting someone they miss? Understated
  • Score: 3

2:01pm Thu 19 Jun 14

dai bach says...

The trouble is that these councils have cut staff to the bare bones, there's more work to do but with less staff and staff earning the same poor wages, it's not the grass cutters that should be blamed as there hands are tied, if it's a 6 man job and you only have 3 or 4 staff then what do people think is going to happen ??

get on to your councillors who you alect to represent you and complain to them, i no for a fact if you do complain things get done straight away as they don't want bad publicity
The trouble is that these councils have cut staff to the bare bones, there's more work to do but with less staff and staff earning the same poor wages, it's not the grass cutters that should be blamed as there hands are tied, if it's a 6 man job and you only have 3 or 4 staff then what do people think is going to happen ?? get on to your councillors who you alect to represent you and complain to them, i no for a fact if you do complain things get done straight away as they don't want bad publicity dai bach
  • Score: 1

4:19pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Victor_Meldrew_Lives! says...

Understated wrote:
“The whole place was overgrown, there was another family there that was upset as well.”

are you sure it was the grass that was upsetting them.. and not the fact they were visiting someone they miss?
I went to Parkstone Cemetery last Friday and it was the worst I have ever seen it in going twice monthly for 13 years since my Mum passed away.
It wasn't nice and if you'd been there you could have witnessed what a tip it looked like.
There were overflowing bins too which hadn't been emptied for weeks.
Branksome cemetery near where I live is regularly maintained so I feel that the excuse of long wet winter/spring is nonsense.
I complained to the council and copied in the councillor but just got fobbed off basically.
It's the easiest excuse in the world to blame cuts. My council tax hasn't been cut!!!
[quote][p][bold]Understated[/bold] wrote: “The whole place was overgrown, there was another family there that was upset as well.” are you sure it was the grass that was upsetting them.. and not the fact they were visiting someone they miss?[/p][/quote]I went to Parkstone Cemetery last Friday and it was the worst I have ever seen it in going twice monthly for 13 years since my Mum passed away. It wasn't nice and if you'd been there you could have witnessed what a tip it looked like. There were overflowing bins too which hadn't been emptied for weeks. Branksome cemetery near where I live is regularly maintained so I feel that the excuse of long wet winter/spring is nonsense. I complained to the council and copied in the councillor but just got fobbed off basically. It's the easiest excuse in the world to blame cuts. My council tax hasn't been cut!!! Victor_Meldrew_Lives!
  • Score: 0

4:27pm Thu 19 Jun 14

BIGTONE says...

Borough of Poole streetscene services manager Kate Langdown said the prolonged wet winter and spring have made it difficult to access and cut grounds without causing damage.


I thought it was the same reason the Council gave the other week for not cutting road verges.....to promote bees and butterflies. Pfffffttttttt
Borough of Poole streetscene services manager Kate Langdown said the prolonged wet winter and spring have made it difficult to access and cut grounds without causing damage. I thought it was the same reason the Council gave the other week for not cutting road verges.....to promote bees and butterflies. Pfffffttttttt BIGTONE
  • Score: -1

9:18am Fri 20 Jun 14

Peroni says...

Council cut back on all cutting !
Paths are being invaded from bushes etc ,older people in disability buggys or even walking will be hurt ,thorny brambles hanging half way over some pathways ,could cause eye injurys or even make them veer off the path.
Even roundabouts are being left,example is Tower park ,it will cause an accident before long, as it is obscuring vision to cars entering .But on top of that it's not good that our town looks like an overgrown dustbin !
But when some one gets hurt they might do something then.
Council cut back on all cutting ! Paths are being invaded from bushes etc ,older people in disability buggys or even walking will be hurt ,thorny brambles hanging half way over some pathways ,could cause eye injurys or even make them veer off the path. Even roundabouts are being left,example is Tower park ,it will cause an accident before long, as it is obscuring vision to cars entering .But on top of that it's not good that our town looks like an overgrown dustbin ! But when some one gets hurt they might do something then. Peroni
  • Score: 2

1:40pm Fri 20 Jun 14

pete woodley says...

How long ago was it when people used to tend their own graves.
How long ago was it when people used to tend their own graves. pete woodley
  • Score: 0

2:53pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Isosceles says...

pete woodley says...How long ago was it when people used to tend their own graves.
Pete, that might be a wee bit difficult unless their name was Lazurus!
pete woodley says...How long ago was it when people used to tend their own graves. Pete, that might be a wee bit difficult unless their name was Lazurus! Isosceles
  • Score: 1

3:10pm Sun 6 Jul 14

hamworthygirl says...

Its much better at Hamworthy than it used to be, for years it was badly neglected and ive been going there for 53 years to tend my grandparents grave and now my mothers ashes are there as well. The council were a bit late cutting the grass but it was being done a i passed the other and im just off there now to take some flowers so will how it is today. I understand how hard it is for people to tend the graves but we have always cut the grass around ours to ensure it tidy and i for one am grateful that the council do a bit to be honest.
Its much better at Hamworthy than it used to be, for years it was badly neglected and ive been going there for 53 years to tend my grandparents grave and now my mothers ashes are there as well. The council were a bit late cutting the grass but it was being done a i passed the other and im just off there now to take some flowers so will how it is today. I understand how hard it is for people to tend the graves but we have always cut the grass around ours to ensure it tidy and i for one am grateful that the council do a bit to be honest. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 0

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