Market Deeping spinney to be used as garden of remembrance

Mayor Bob Broughton and Coun Ray Stephenson in the Spinney ''Photo: SG210911-144TW
Mayor Bob Broughton and Coun Ray Stephenson in the Spinney ''Photo: SG210911-144TW
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A COUNCIL is turning a little-used woodland area into a flower-filled space where people will be able to scatter their loved one’s ashes.

Market Deeping Town Council has decided to transform the Spinney, which lies next to the town’s cemetery.

The town hall and cemetery committee passed a resolution on the issue on Wednesday and councillors now hope to offer the area for use in three or four weeks.

Committee chairman coun Roy Stephenson has led the project and brings groups of Duke of Edinburgh Award youths to help clear the Spinney every year.

He said: “We are trying to create a system where the area will be used forever.

“It will bring money in to maintain the cemetery and will let people have their ashes scattered where they lived.”

The neighbouring cemetery is quickly filling up and the council has restricted plots to Market Deeping residents only this year.

But councillors are finalising a pricing structure for plaques on the paving stones edging the path and hopes to introduce sanctums in the future.

People purchasing a plaque will be able to scatter their ashes amid the wildflowers that have been planted in the area.

Coun Stephenson said the project has been some time in the making but is now coming together.

He added: “We had a path put through the Spinney years ago but it is never used.

“It was full of nettles but three or four years ago we started to clear it. We could only clear about a yard either side of the path but it looked much better.

“The following year we did the same and again the year after. The path is now edged with block paving and it looks gorgeous.”

The Spinney was largely cleared with help from Swines Meadow Farm Nursery in Towngate East, Market Deeping. Coun Stephenson said the work would not have been possible without their help.

The council has also secured a £500 grant from Lincolnshire County Council for a professional wildlife assessment on the pond in the neighbouring Rectory Paddock.

Work on clearing the pond has been going on for years but coun Stephenson feels the assessment will allow them to manage it properly.

He added: “We put a lot of effort into it but it’s a difficult job and we aren’t experts. We are swimming in murky water at the moment and we are not really sure what to do.

“Once we get the assessment done it will be a great step forward.”

The pond is a haven for frogs and newts and coun Stephenson hopes to make it a feature of the area.