The front page article in the PE Express (of May 16, 2012) is the same problem that I have been complaining about for the past number of years.
My sister and her husband are buried at the Forest Hill Cemetery and we visit their grave often and cut and weed the grass even though a fee was paid to the municipality for perpetuity upkeep.
The cows are not as big a problem as the filthy condition that the cemetery is in.
My biggest gripe is the South End Cemetery where my father and mother are buried. They passed away 65 and 32 years ago respectively.
In this case a perpetuity fee was also paid to the municipality and tags were placed on the graves that were handed to the municipality for upkeep.
A wooden spike with the plot number was placed on each municipal grave.
About 5 years ago these spikes vanished and a small piece of bent branch from a dead tree was placed on these plots. When I enquired as to why it was done, I was told that better tags were being made and would be placed on the graves in due course.
Needless to say, this was never done and even the crooked sticks have since disappeared. My husband made a new spike and we placed it on the grave.
The cemetery is a complete mess; the grass is so long and the weeds are flourishing.
When we complain we are told that there is a cash problem. It would be interesting to know what happens to the cash.
Cemeteries are Gardens of Remembrance, lest we forget! Some of us still care!