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Beccles cemetery set for makeover

PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 March 2010 | UPDATED: 09:22 01 August 2010

Dan Haynes

FURTHER improvements are set to be made to Kilbrack cemetery in Beccles.

Nearly £7,000 was made available to improve the open space nearly two years ago.

FURTHER improvements are set to be made to Kilbrack cemetery in Beccles.

Nearly £7,000 was made available to improve the open space nearly two years ago.

Since then funds have been spent to install oak posts on the boundaries of the site, and a new bench has also been added.

And now Pride in Beccles has said it is hoping to use the rest of the money to spruce up the cemetery further.

The money is held by Waveney District Council and comes from the 106 pot, however local groups are invited to make recommendations about how the funds should be spent.

Pride in Beccles, which led the first improvements to the site, wants to make the cemetery more attractive to wildlife as well as the people of the town

The group has proposed the money be used to create a wildflower meadow, bird boxes for the trees, put up railings, and install additional seating.

They also want to grow hedging at the boundaries of the gravestones, and put up an information board telling of the area's history.

Michael Doherty, of Pride in Beccles, said that the plans are still in the pipeline as there are issues over landownership. Meanwhile permission for any further development at the site must be obtained from the Church of England, as the cemetery is consecrated land.

However if the project is given the go ahead a public consultation will be held.

Work started on the cemetery in 2008, when around £4,000 was spent on a line of oak posts that protect the grassland from the cars parking next to the site. A new bench was also installed.

A further £3,000 remains for work at the site.

The cemetery, which includes the grave of the famous artist Edwin Cooper, dates back to the early 19th century and was closed in 1840 because the area was prone to flooding.

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