Anger over overgrown ‘jungle’ at crematorium blocking plots

June Bolton at the ashes plot at Portchester Crematorium of her sister and brother in law. She is upset because the plot has become overgrown and she struggles to get to it easily
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June Bolton at the ashes plot at Portchester Crematorium of her sister and brother in law. She is upset because the plot has become overgrown and she struggles to get to it easily Picture Ian Hargreaves (160961-2)

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  • June Bolton, 82, says part of the garden in Portchester Crematorium is like ‘a jungle’
  • She visits the site twice a year to see her sister’s plot
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AN ELDERLY lady is ‘very upset’ as she said that she had to navigate through ‘a jungle’ in order to get to the plots where her sister and brother-in-law are buried.

June Bolton, 82, from Jellicoe Avenue in Alverstoke goes twice a year to visit the plots where the ashes of her sister Ethel Kendall and brother-in-law Frederick Kendall are buried in Portchester Crematorium.

I got very upset about it all as it was like we had to clamber our way through a jungle just to get there.

June Bolton, 82

She and her husband, Harry, went to the plot on July 4 this year, which was the day Ethel died in 2012, only to be faced with a large amount of shrubbery to the extent leading to a struggle to locate the plot.

After speaking to staff at the crematorium, they then found that a big bush was in the way of the plots.

June told The News: ‘I got very upset about it all as it was like we had to clamber our way through a jungle just to get there.

‘I decided to come and see Ethel and Frederick’s plots after my sister died and I come every year on the anniversary she died and at Christmas. It’s never been this bad.

‘We know it is a garden and the grounds are well kept for the most part, but the amount of shrubbery to the right of the crematorium is just not being looked after.’

June says that she wrote to the crematorium after her visit last month and was told that the problem would be looked into.

However, she visited the same plot just a few weeks ago where she saw the problem had not yet been resolved.

She added: ‘People of my age do not want it be a struggle to find their loved ones. They should make it accessible for us all to get there.

‘I mean we are not agile and having to navigate through the undergrowth isn’t helpful.

James Clark, registrar of the crematorium said: ‘We are more than happy to help people out with their concerns if they are struggling to find a plot.

‘However, a garden is a garden, and it will grow but we can assist people by sending out a gardener to help them out with their problem.’