A mother and son were left infuriated and heartbroken after the flowers they put on a family member’s grave were destroyed by gardeners.
Steve Roe visits his father’s plot at Langney Cemetery with his mother every Saturday and was shocked to see the flowers they had placed in a vase had been cut and strewn across the headstone.
He said, “There has been a problem with grass cutting for a very long time. Over the years I have phoned and complained about the mess the gravestones have been left in, grass all over the flowers and the gravestones themselves.
“The same is still happening only this time, while they were trimming the grass, they cut the heads off the flowers my mother placed down the week before and just left strewn on his gravestone. I am one very, very angry son.”
A council spokesperson said, “Extra grass cutting is taking place at Langney and Ocklynge cemetery. During one of the extra cuts on Friday (July 4), a strimmer accidentally clipped a small number of flowers left at the foot of a grave. Strimmers are used instead of lawnmowers to help avoid any damage to gravestones. The family were understandably upset and a full apology was made to them.
“We have spoken to the contractor to ensure every possible care is taken to avoid this happening again.”