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Sutterton's green burial space could close to woodland walkers if vandals cause more damage

Vandalism could force closure of Sutterton’s green burial ground to people who enjoy walks in the woodland space.

The latest attack saw berry trees pulled down, a bag of cat litter emptied across the grass and rubbish dumped.

The burial ground is linked to The Thatched Cottage Restaurant and manager Vicki Dillamore has put out a plea on the restaurant’s Facebook page for people to respect the site.

Vicki Dillamore with a broken-off branch in the green burial ground
Vicki Dillamore with a broken-off branch in the green burial ground

Mrs Dillamore told the Free Press: “You wouldn’t do this in a cemetery, would you?

“We think it may be kids messing around but it is a burial ground at the end of the day and people’s loved ones are buried there.”

Mrs Dillamore said the woodland space is popular with dog walkers who do show respect to the site.

She said: “The last thing we want to do is to stop people going down there but then again we don’t want the vandalism.”

On Facebook, Mrs Dillamore said the vandalism isn’t acceptable and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

She wrote “If this carries on we will be left with no choice but to close the woodlands for the general public, which is such a shame as we have many local dog walkers that enjoy our woods.

“If anyone has any details please report to The Thatched Cottage on 01205 461006.”

The Thatched Cottage held a barbecue weekend on August 17/18 when it was discovered that beehives in the burial ground had been tipped over.

“They were left upside down and we lost a lot of the colony and we had to start again,” said Mrs Dillamore.

There’s around eight acres at the site and it is owned by Mrs Dillamore’s father, Murray Chambers.

Green burial grounds are few and far between, and Mrs Dillamore says the nearest one to Sutterton is at Louth.

Green burial grounds are environmentally friendly places of rest that are sited in a natural environment like a wood ormeadow.

Rules are there to keep the surroundings natural. Coffins must be biodegradable and there are no traditional gravestones although biodegradable markers are sometimes used along with a tree or wildflowers.

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