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‘If I could take my dad somewhere else, I would’ - daughter’s anger at ‘overgrown’ cemetery

PUBLISHED: 15:27 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:51 23 May 2018

Tracey Bullen by her fathers grave inside Thorpe St Andrew graveyard. She is unhappy with the condition of the cemetery.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Tracey Bullen by her fathers grave inside Thorpe St Andrew graveyard. She is unhappy with the condition of the cemetery. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A parish rector has apologised following complaints about the state of a cemetery in Thorpe St Andrew.

Tracey Bullen is unhappy with the state of the Thorpe St Andrew graveyard where her dad is burried.
Picture: Nick ButcherTracey Bullen is unhappy with the state of the Thorpe St Andrew graveyard where her dad is burried. Picture: Nick Butcher

The Revd James Stewart said a delay in finding a new gardener for the Yarmouth Road cemetery meant the grass had not been cut “for a few weeks”.

But he added that someone has now been appointed and work started on Saturday (May 19).

It comes after Tracey Bullen, whose father is buried there, raised concern about overgrown weeds and molehills on the site.

She said the “unkept” state of the cemetery had always been an issue, adding some of the older graves were almost covered by vegetation.

Tracey Bullen is unhappy with the state of the Thorpe St Andrew graveyard where her dad is burried.
Picture: Nick ButcherTracey Bullen is unhappy with the state of the Thorpe St Andrew graveyard where her dad is burried. Picture: Nick Butcher

“If I could take my dad somewhere else I would,” Mrs Bullen said. “Because he deserves better than this.

“The grass is too long, there are weeds all over the path and the bins are overflowing nine times out of ten. It should not be like this.”

Mrs Bullen, 54, of Thorpe St Andrew, said she wanted assurance that the grass would be cut monthly and the cemetery better maintained.

She said her mother, who was married to her father Frank Seaman for 60 years prior to his death in 2015, has to be careful not to trip on the molehills.

The pair visit the cemetery each week to visit Mr Seaman’s grave.

“All I am asking for, and I am not getting at anyone, is for the maintenance to be funded so it is carried out more regularly,” Mrs Bullen said.

The cemetery is the responsibility of Thorpe St Andrew Parish Church, also on Yarmouth Road.

The Revd Stewart, from the church, said: “Sadly, just after the beginning of the grass cutting season began, our existing contractor contacted us to say that he was no longer able to continue to cut the grass.

“We can confirm that we appointed a new gardener last week and he has moved other work to make the maintenance of this large site a priority.

“We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused and are grateful for a number of people who visit graves who have offered to help us with work there.”

He said earlier in the year, a small team from the Youth Offending Team also began work on the site.

The church has also contacted a “local expert” to assist with the mole problem.


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