Compromise needed on rewilding at Eastbourne cemetery

From: Sue DixonGore Park Road, Eastbourne

Thursday, 15th July 2021, 1:28 pm

It appears that a compromise needs to be reached regarding the rewilding of Ocklynge Cemetery.

When the wild flowers were in bloom there a few weeks ago it looked really lovely but now in places nettles are taking over and it looks unkempt.

I am sure that lessons will have been learned from this year and a programme of cutting and tidying organised for next year so that insect life and visitors can enjoy the flowers but the cemetery is not allowed to become overgrown.

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We must recognise the value of rewilding and the Churchyard of St Mary’s is an excellent example of what can be achieved.

I would also imagine that cost cutting is a factor and realistically money has to be spent on other priorities.

It is a question of finding the right balance so that the feelings of grieving relatives are acknowledged.