Good morning my learned colleagues,
My parish council is responsible for a rural cemetery and we have a grounds maintenance contractor with a clear contract to cut the grass, hedges, strim round the stones etc etc and this contract has been in place for many years and covered many contractors. What this contract doesn't provide for is a gardening service and so there are often weeds in the flower beds, brambles and nettles that come up. I get regular complaints from a resident who has a family member recently interred about the state of the cemetery but refuses to accept its rural nature and age will mean that weeds, rabbits, and uneven ground occurs and she would like to set up a Friends of the Cemetery to undertake the 'prettifying' of the site.
Can anyone advise me on issues, concerns and legalities of the parish council supporting a Friends of the Cemetery group - where does the liability lie, what responsibilities would we have and what happens if they hurt themselves?
Any experiences / guidance gratefully received. Many thanks