Anger at 'overgrown' state of Coventry cemetery as wet weather blamed

An image of the overgrown London Road Cemetery taken in late May 2024
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A new photo shows "shocking" overgrowth at a cemetery in Coventry. The state of the London Road Cemetery has left one visitor feeling "very sad."

The image of the site from last week shows grass almost at the height of some gravestones. Coventry council said wet weather had hit maintenance work at six cemeteries in the city and apologised for the delays.

The resident, who visited the cemetery last week, said: "I was shocked at how long the grass is, the whole Cemetery is overgrown and unkempt. I feel very sad about it, I have relatives there that have been through two World Wars, there is is no respect.


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"I understand that the weather has not been great, but this is weeks' worth of growth." A spokesperson for Coventry City Council said: "Unfortunately the wet weather recently has meant we have been unable to complete as much spring grounds maintenance work at our six cemeteries as we would have wished by this time of year.

London Road Cemetery in Coventry
London Road Cemetery in Coventry -Credit:Reach

"We are working hard to catch up as and when the weather allows and we hope to have that first stage of work completed within the next seven to 10 days. That work will continue throughout the summer and autumn and will involve strimming around memorials, mowing and also the application of weed killer to reduce growth near memorial bases.

"Our teams work hard to make sure our cemeteries are kept to a high standard and we apologise for the delays to some maintenance work and assure residents it will be completed as soon as possible."

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