A story in the print edition of the Daily Telegraph today recounts that managers at the Gorstage cemetery in Weaverham, Cheshire have banned Stanley Brown, 77, leaving more than one bouquet of flowers on his wife's final resting place as they are 'obstructions', preventing gardeners from cutting the grass and could cause them to 'trip over'.
Setting to one side the possibility of a gardener tripping and, as a result of the injury caused, taking legal action with a view to gaining compensation from the owners of the cemetery - in the worst scenario, even 'kicking the bouquet' early (with apologies to Hyacinth) - it would seem that we have a grave point of principle here.
Besides being yet another instance where the Health & Safety culture has 'lost its marbles', is it beyond the wit of those doing the grass cutting to move any bouquets and then replace them? Is it also beyond the reasoning power of those above the grass - said reasoning power which would appear to be less than those under the grass - to work out that any 'trip hazard' is likely to meet the blades of the mower well before the feet of those behind it?
It will be remembered that, previously, headstones had also been cited as 'hazards'; however it is now obvious that it is 'headcases' that are the hazards!