A new place of rest

Cllr Maureen Cummings, cabinet member for communities and environment, Richard Lawery, Senior Cemetaries Operative and Glynn Humphries, service director for Cleaner and Greener, with the oak tree planted to mark the official launch of the new strewing area by the side of Pontefract racecourse.'p8080b211
Cllr Maureen Cummings, cabinet member for communities and environment, Richard Lawery, Senior Cemetaries Operative and Glynn Humphries, service director for Cleaner and Greener, with the oak tree planted to mark the official launch of the new strewing area by the side of Pontefract racecourse.'p8080b211

A TREE planting ceremony marked the opening of a new woodland area to be used for the scattering of ashes.

Wakefield Council officers broke ground at Pontefract Park’s first natural cremation site with the planting of the first oak tree.

The area has been divided into four sections – one for each season – so people can scatter the ashes of their loved ones in a natural setting.

Coun Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for environment and communities, said: “This new area provides a beautiful and peaceful place that families and friends can come to remember loved ones.

“It is the first one in the district and offers a natural setting, with no distractions where visitors can pay their respects and take in the tranquil woodland setting.”

The cost of strewing ashes at the park will cost £90 and the service is available from next month.

Places must be booked and registered through the council’s bereavement services on 01924 307448.