Members of the public tend to overgrown Coventry cemetery in 'shocking' state

The cemetery in Coventry in early June as members of the public brought gardening equipment to cut back the overgrown grass
-Credit: (Image: Mark Gilmour)


A cemetery in Coventry is so overgrown that people have taken to tending it themselves. Members of the public were spotted with mowers and strimmers at Canley Garden Cemetery this weekend.

One person who visited told the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) that the state of the cemetery was "terrible" and "shocking." They resorted to using scissors to help clear it up as they "didn't know the extent of the state of the place until we got there."

The Coventry resident also said members of the public were using mowers to clear up rows around the site, and people they spoke to were "outraged." People there were "tending graves with strimmers and mowing the grass," they said.

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"You can't see some of the headstones, there is that much overgrown grass." Photos of the cemetery taken at the weekend show gardening equipment brought there and overgrown parts that appear to have been mown back.

Locals hit out at the state of Canley Garden Cemetery on forums last month, with one calling it the 'worst kept', according to Coventry Live. In a response to the paper on May 10, Coventry City Council said wet weather had affected the work but added that it had been able to do 80 per cent of the mowing that week and said strimming would soon be completed.

Another cemetery at London Road also came under fire for its overgrown state last week. In a statement on May 31, the council said wet weather had affected works at all six of the cemeteries and stressed that it was working hard to catch up.

A spokesperson for the 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.

A member of the public with a mower at the London Road Cemetery in early June 2024
A member of the public with a mower at the cemetery in early June 2024 -Credit:Mark Gilmour

"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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