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Crematorium wildflower area to be cut back
A WILDFLOWER area at Salisbury Crematorium is to be reduced in size.
City councillors decided on a compromise after hearing that the area left to grow wild grasses and flowers had been larger than originally intended by the celebrated landscape designer Brenda Colvin.
Some members of the public objected to the area being left to grow wild.
The crematorium, which is undergoing renovation, and its grounds, were last year given a protective listing by English Heritage.
The city council has consequently sought to restore Ms Colvin’s concept.
A report to a meeting of the city council’s services committee said the public had not shown a great deal of interest in a consultation on the “rough grass” question, despite the publicity the change had first generated.
Only 24 questionnaires had been completed.
The report, from parks manager Chris Stringer, said the rough grass area had attracted flowers, butterflies, bees and grasshoppers but a misunderstanding meant it had been allowed to grow nearer to the crematorium buildings than it should have been.
Cllr Michael Pope said a colourful area of wildflowers could be sited a bit further away from the crematorium.
He said: “There’s scope for wildflowers, but in the right place.”
Cllr John Lindley said he had previously found the crematorium grounds a bit sterile.
He said: “Providing a more natural environment is something we need to encourage.”
And Cllr Sven Hocking said the crematorium was not a tourist attraction and people wanted somewhere neat and tidy, so he was in favour of returning to close-cut grass throughout the grounds.
Crematorium and cemeteries manager Neil Lucas said there had been 78,000 cremations since the crematorium opened and about two-thirds of the ashes had been scattered in the grounds, but there were no specific areas for scattering.
It was agreed to reduce the area of wildflower diversity and to review the situation after a year.
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