Call for action after Denaby Cemetery storm damage

Storm damage at Denaby Cemetery.
Storm damage at Denaby Cemetery.

A former councillor is calling for trees to be cut back at Denaby Cemetery after a number of branches collapsed onto gravestones in high winds.

Several large trees were felled in the stormy weather earlier this month and came to rest on as many as 20 headstones at the Tickhill Square site.

John Mills, who was councillor for the town for three years, urged Doncaster Council to consider cutting back the remaining trees to protect headstones from damage.

The 65-year-old said: “My wife Christine has relatives buried at the cemetery. It can cause considerable distress when something like this happens, and headstones can be costly to repair.

“There was a plan several years ago when I was a councillor to cut back and fell some of the trees but it was abandoned because residents were in favour of preserving the trees.

“But in light of recent events it would be sensible to trim them down.”

A Doncaster Council spokesman said workmen attended the cemetery and removed all felled branches. He added: “It was concluded that no damage had been caused and there was no danger to health and safety.”