Residents join forces to tidy historic Padiham graveyard

Volunteers who are helping to tidy up the historic St Leonard's Church graveyard.
Volunteers who are helping to tidy up the historic St Leonard's Church graveyard.

Community spirit is alive and well in Padiham after residents flocked together and committed to maintain a historic cemetery.

The Padiham Express revealed last week how visitors to the cemetery at St Leonard’s Church had become concerned at how overgrown it had become.

Kylie Tunston, whose brother is buried in the cemetery, expressed her concerns on Facebook after seeing a huge tree collapsed over headstones.

She said: “It actually started out as a bit of a rant, but it has really grown into something positive now.

“I posted a photograph of the tree and the top half of the cemetery which was horrendous.

“Suddenly lots of comments came in and we arranged a meeting with the church. Now we have set up a Facebook page where people can post when they are available to come and do a bit of work on the cemetery.”

A probation community payback team tidied up parts of the graveyard last weekend, and volunteers have had petrol strimmers donated to help with the upkeep.

Coun. Alan Hosker has also secured new waste bins from Burnley Borough Council for the cemetery which dates back to 1860.

He said: “The graveyard was really beginning to look a mess so I’m really pleased that residents have got together to help out.

“It is already starting to look a lot better and hopefully it can be maintained throughout the year. Kylie has done a great job in organising everyone.”