01:13AM, Friday 31 May 2013
The condition of Braywick Cemetery in Maidenhead has come under fire once again after it was branded 'disgusting' by a resident after visiting her father's grave.
Judi Viner said uncut grass and the generally unkempt appearance of the cemetery was 'disrespectful' and called on the Royal Borough to invest more money in tending to its cemeteries.
Mrs Viner, of Courthouse Road, was left appalled by the state of the Braywick Road cemetery when she visited for her father William's birthday on Tuesday last week and said grass was nearly a foot high in some areas.
"I think it's disgusting. It's disrespectful the way that they treat someone who lived in Maidenhead," said the 65-year-old.
"You just walk in there and instead of being a nice, tranquil place you come and see a mess."
But Steve Anderson, the Royal Borough's outdoor facilities manager, defended the condition of the graveyard and said the grass is cut on a regular, two-week cycle and contractors arrived to work on the cemetery the afternoon after Mrs Viner's visit.
"It was due a cut so it would be a bit unkempt, especially with the weather we have been having recently," he said.
"It's just a bit unfortunate that, with the weather conditions, the grass is very lush at the moment."
Mr Anderson admitted that the older parts of the cemetery have back-to-back headstones where grass has overgrown because workers cannot get between the stones to cut it, but added he was looking into a way to resolve the issue.
The state of the cemetery has come under fire in the past.
In June, complaints were made about grass clippings being left piled up on paths, while in 2007 the Advertiser reported on mourner Steve Grose, who resorted to mowing the grass himself because a section of the graveyard was so badly kept.
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