Two trees planted to mark cemetery vandalism repairs

Mike Cook, Lynne Le Conte, Neil Graham, John Smith and Neil Cucksey at the cemetery tree planting.
Mike Cook, Lynne Le Conte, Neil Graham, John Smith and Neil Cucksey at the cemetery tree planting.

TWO alder trees were planted in Grantham Cemetery on Monday, paid for with money raised by Journal readers in the aftermath of last year’s horrific vandalism attack.

Gravestones and ornaments were destroyed when vandals went on the rampage in the Harrowby Road cemetery in March last year.

And horrified Journal readers rallied round to help, quickly raising more than £2,000 to help fund some of the repairs to desecrated graves.

After victims had made their bids for funding, a small amount of money was left over - and the Journal donated it to the cemetery.

South Kesteven District Council cabinet member John Smith officially planted the trees in the cemetery.

He said: “It’s very sad, the terrible vandalism that we suffered in the cemetery, but the response from the people of Grantham and the Grantham Journal was tremendous.

“There was some money left over and the council took it on to plant these alder trees and this will mark the completion of the restoration.”

SKDC grounds maintenance co-ordinator Lynne Le Conte chose alders for the site because she expects them to thrive in the wet soil found in the area.

The location for the trees, behind the crematorium building, was chosen because it was close to where the vandalism took place. A commemorative plaque will be installed at a later date.