Fury in Coventry over ‘worst kept’ cemetery condition

Some locals hit out at the “disgraceful” state of Canley Garden Cemetery, with one saying it was the “worst kept” in Coventry. It has been overwhelmed by grass and weeds due to the “extremely wet” conditions in the West Midlands – but some of Coventry’s social media is full of smoke.

Families said they have struggled in recent days to find where their loved ones are buried at Canley Garden Cemetery on Cannon Hill Road. Grass can be seen covering headstones, which some people on the Coventry forums have described as ‘disrespectful’.

Coventry City Council told CoventryLive they were unable to cut the grass due to the “extremely wet” weather in April and May. The works that were supposed to start in March have been postponed for this reason.

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A Coventry City Council spokesman said on Friday 10 May: “Due to the extremely wet grounds maintenance season which usually starts in March we have not been able to complete the early season weed cutting and spraying as we would usually. .

“As the weather has been warmer this week we have managed to complete 80% of the mowing at Canley Garden Cemetery and the cutting will be completed today (May 10) and tomorrow (May 11). Grounds maintenance should be completed next week.”

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