Dundee Council says it won’t cut cemetery grass to “enhance biodiversity”

D-Day veteran Stanley McColl, 93, was shocked to see it 2ft high around the grave of his grandfather, grandmother and two aunts at Western Cemetery on Perth Road.
D-Day veteran Stanley McColl, 93, was shocked to see it 2ft high around the grave of his grandfather, grandmother and two aunts at Western Cemetery on Perth Road.
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GRASS is growing wild at a cemetery in Dundee – in a council initiative to “enhance the biodiversity”

D-Day veteran Stanley McColl, 93, was shocked to see it 2ft high around the grave of his grandfather, grandmother and two aunts at Western Cemetery on Perth Road.

The council says it’s a deliberate low maintenance programme to help wildlife thrive.

But Mr McColl’s son-in-law Malcolm MacBain, said: “Why can’t the council just be honest and say they simply don’t have money to cut it?”

Mr McColl was shocked to find the grass in front of the memorial was 2ft high.

He said the areas between the graves left uncut and apparently neglected, and gravestones overgrown by bushes and shrubs.

His son-in-law Malcolm MacBain, who also lives locally, has called on the local authority to take action to tidy up the area after discovering a number of First World War graves at the site.

He said: “I went along to have a look after my father-in-law told me about how bad a state the place had been left in.

“The grass has grown over some of the headstones and in some places, it was even coming up to my belt buckle.

“It seems very disrespectful when we know there are World War One graves being left there among the grass.

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The family’s complaint comes just days after a Dundee dog walker said grass at a local green space had been allowed to grow so tall that he could no longer see his pet in it.

Vincent Leonard said the area, near Menzieshill Wood, was the worst he had ever seen it after an extended period of ‘picture framing’ - a process whereby landscapers cut around the edges of the grassy area but not the middle.

It is understood that even under the council’s low maintenance programme at Western Cemetery, the two major middle sections should be cut at least once every eight weeks.

A Neighbourhood Services environment manager told Mr McColl: “We agreed at the start of the grass cutting season to reduce the amount of grass cutting we would carry out in the Western to enhance the biodiversity and memorial stabilisation.

“There are two sections within the cemetery that we are trialling out this year but we are still cutting the areas next to the paths and roadside edges.”