Green burial site more like a wilderness than a meadow

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Criticisms have been levelled at Sudbury’s green cemetery which has been accused of looking more like an untamed wilderness than a rural meadow for loved ones’ last resting places.

The green burial site, at the cemetery in Newton Road, was given a trial area of wildflowers last year.

However, the unkempt looking site is putting people off, according to Jacqui Howells, deputy town clerk at Sudbury Town Council.

Mrs Howells said the site was proving relatively unpopular and said, in her opinion, this was due to people not wanting to be buried “in an overgrown field”.

“It’s a question of how we manage it,” she said. “We don’t want it manicured but we don’t want it looking like a wilderness either.”

Peter Gray, leisure and environment committee member at Sudbury Town Council, said he felt the meadow needed time to mature properly.

“We got a few letters from the public asking for more flower meadows and, on the advice of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, this is what we put in.

“These things take a few years to mature and for the seeds to spread.

“I think it’s just a little misunderstanding but I can understand that it looks a bit grubby and uncared for at the moment.”

Mr Gray said that the council was working on a few minor improvements.

“We need signs to make it clear to the public what is going on at the site,” he added.

“What I would like to see is just to have the edges trimmed neatly so that is has a definite bordered area.”

Mrs Howells said the council was looking at other green burial sites in the county for ideas.