Spring has sprung! Or has it?.. Warm weather prompts early grass cut in Fenland

PUBLISHED: 11:23 17 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:23 17 February 2016

Councillor Peter Murphy (second right) joins ISS staff as grass-cutting gets under way in Eastwood Cemetery, March.

Councillor Peter Murphy (second right) joins ISS staff as grass-cutting gets under way in Eastwood Cemetery, March.

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Months of unusually warm weather have prompted an early start to the annual grass-cutting operation across Fenland.

Staff from ISS, Fenland District Council’s grounds maintenance contractors, completed their first tidy-up of all the council-run cemeteries last week - more than a month earlier than usual.

Bob Ollier, the council’s open spaces manager, said: “This is the first time in more than 10 years that we have had to start this so early in the year. Normally we’d begin in the first or second week in March.

“The very mild winter has meant that the grass has continued to grow and hasn’t been held back by the frosts we usually get. That’s particularly true in cemeteries, where the gravestones provide extra protection from the elements.”

Councillor Peter Murphy, FDC’s Cabinet member responsible for the environment, said: “ISS have responded well by adjusting their schedules and have done a good job.”

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