Restoration Project to Begin Soon
The image above shows just how neatly the burial ground was kept whilst the chapel was open. If you look at the gentleman walking down the path, you can see the two original yew trees next to him.
All of the trees, plants and grass are immaculate in the few images available from over the years.
The last 30 years are where you can really see the difference.
In 1993, you can still see the two trees, though they seem to be growing bigger.
By 2006, the two yew trees now look like one and have grown out in every direction.
By September 2021, the two trees have fully merged into one and have brambles and ivy growing between the branches. They are damaging the graves and the path.
Time for Change
The maintenance of the graveyard is the legal responsibility of Warrington Borough Council, but as you probably know, they do little more than cut the grass every six weeks or so. Despite bringing this to their attention, they have done nothing different.
Thankfully, Croft Parish Council were willing to listen and to help. They have agreed to pay for a specialist landscaping team to cut back the yew trees to two individual trees at a managable size and also to clear the remaining weeds and overgrowth around the grounds.
Work is due to begin soon. Thankyou, Croft Parish Council!
Cheyvonne Bower is a local historian with a passion for the past.