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Case 265 - Loose flowers and pots not allowed on graves

Issue

A Town Council has adopted a policy that prevents loose flowers and pots being placed on graves because of health and safety concerns. The policy was introduced to make maintenance easier following an incident where a member of the workforce was injured on a broken pot.

Panel decision

The Council have taken their decision to ban loose pots for flowers because it makes maintenance of the cemetery easier to carry out if they are not there – this is not a health and safety matter but for convenience and ease of operation. The real reason for their decision should be made clear to all visitors. It would also be helpful if they could offer a practical solution that would allow visitors to place some form of floral tribute on the graves – given that there is no real risk associated with doing so.

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2014-03-17