Padiham cemetery volunteers group plan

The fallen branch in St Leonard's Cemetery which has covered gravestones.
The fallen branch in St Leonard's Cemetery which has covered gravestones.

A friends group dedicated to maintaining a historic Padiham cemetery could be set up by volunteers.

Members of St Leonard’s Church met with residents last night to discuss ways of looking after the graveyard which dates back to 1860, after concerns were raised that it has become overgrown in recent weeks.

Church treasurer and trustee Mr John Sellick said: “There have been some issues with the cemetery in recent weeks so we have decided to try and set up a friends group to help with maintenance.

“A branch recently fell down and onto some headstones. We have agreed with Burnley Borough Council’s parks department to have this removed.

“The cemetery is very large and parts of the grass has become overgrown in recent weeks. Grass grows rapidly at this time of year and our cemetery is no different.

“It’s such a big area that the job of maintaining it would be impossible for just one person. We may look at ways of raising money to keep on top of this.”

Padiham’s new UKIP councillor Alan Hosker said he had also contacted Burnley Council but was told it was the church’s responsibility.

He said: “I am pleased that something is being done. People have raised concerns with me about parts of the cemetery. I think there is a safety issue here, it is a concern. I want to help residents and organisations in Padiham whenever I can.”