Drone reveals rows of fresh graves at Nottinghamshire cemetery

Rows of freshly dug graves at a Bulwell cemetery caused a national media stir over the impact of coronavirus after being captured on film by a drone.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 4:50 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th April 2020, 9:28 am

The “sobering” pictures show more than 50 graves being dug at High Wood Cemetery on Low Wood Road.

It was reported that a number of the dug graves appeared to be lined with concrete slabs in readiness for a body to be placed inside.

The outline of many more plots that are yet to be dug could also be seen in pictures taken from the air.

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An empty JCB digger remains stationed at the site, where work was expected continue .

A notice from Nottingham City Council has been placed at the cemetery, which is managed by Nottingham City Council .

It reads: "Please keep clear of these chamber installation works for your own safety and to enable the chamber works to continue as quickly and safely as possible."

The Government has advised local councils to take steps to actively ensure capacity is managed properly and ensure the dead and bereaved are treated with respect during the crisis.

It is hoped new grave-digging will prevent any delays to services.

Since Monday, March 30 attendance at funerals at Nottingham City Council cemeteries and Wilford Hill Crematorium have been restricted to a maximum of 15 people for the safety of mourners and staff.

The recommended attendees during this restricted this time are spouses, partners, parents, carers, brothers,sisters, children and their partners.

Scattering of ashes and burials of cremated remains in all its cemeteries are also on hold at present.

Many councils across Nottinghamshire have closed cemeteries and graveyards to the public for health and safety reasons during the pandemic.

Ashfield District Council reopened Hucknall Cemetery last week after an initial shutdown while urging residents to continue to practice social distancing.

Coun David Martin, Ashfield District Council’s cabinet member for streets, parks and town centres, which covers cemeteries, said are seeking further guidance they would be open between 9am and 4pm.