We have reproduced this important notice, which is now on prominent display in Brandwood End Cemetery, concerning the removal of trees and shrubs from graves. It is self explanatory. If you know anyone who has a grave in Brandwood End but does not visit frequently- please draw this to their attention.
Notice to Grave Owners
This notice is to advise “Grave Owners” of their responsibilities to comply with the Municipal Rules and Regulations.
In accordance with these Rules and Regulations, any trees, shrubs or flowers planted on graves must not become unsightly or overgrown or encroach on adjacent graves and must not exceed 2ft in height.
To reduce the risk of injury to passers – by or damage to memorials, and to help us to keep the cemetery in good order, we are asking “Grave Owners” to remove or prune items which contravene these Rules and Regulations. In the event that “Grave Owners” have not done so by 16th November 2015, cemetery employees will be carrying out a programme of removal.
If you have any concerns regarding this please contact Kings Norton Cemetery
As mentioned in the article below, the clearance of ‘self set’ trees growing on, or close to graves has now started. If you are familiar with the cemetery you can see, from the photographs below, what a difference it will make. Many graves that have been hidden for years have been exposed and the view across the section has now been opened up. This work will also mean that the tree lined avenues will now appear more defined.
If you look carefully in the photograph you will see the size of some of the felled trees that have obscured (piled to the right) both graves and views. None of the felled trees were part of the original planting.
This open view across the cemetery hasn’t been seen for many years.
Hopefully this will also mean that family members may be able to trace graves they thought were lost forever, and consider their restoration.
Ivy is incredibly invasive and can kill trees if left unstopped. On the weekend of the 22nd & 23rd January volunteers from Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery attacked some ivy which was wrapped around a tree and several graves. After several hours of hard graft the graves were once again visible and the tree freed of the ivy growth. Whilst some work is still left to do on clearing the graves of roots the area blighted by ivy looks freer and lighter. A big thank you to the volunteers of Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery for once again helping to improve the environment for all those that visit the grounds.