City cemeteries are praised in survey

PUBLISHED: 15:57 18 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 10 June 2010

MONDAY, AUGUST 18: EXETER'S cemeteries have been ranked among the best in the country in a benchmark exercise by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management. The city came sixth out of 125 local authorities surveyed nationwide, and was ranked the best in the sout

EXETER'S cemeteries have been ranked among the best in the country in a benchmark exercise by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management. The city came sixth out of 125 local authorities surveyed nationwide, and was ranked the best in the south west region. Exeter scored 551 out of a possible maximum score of 581 - only 11 points short of South Lanarkshire Council, which was awarded first place. Kevin Mitchell, lead councillor for environment and leisure, said: "We are pleased that the good work of the bereavement and cemeteries service has been recognised. "We will use this result as a springboard to make further improvements in quality and choice."The survey covered all aspects of cemeteries - including the range of graves available, grounds maintenance and information offered to the public.Exeter City Council's bereavement and cemeteries service offers choices such as a garden of remembrance for cremated remains, woodland burials and a children's garden. The council said the cemeteries are vital green spaces for the city and it recognises their importance for the bereaved, the community and the environment. The service offers advice on all aspects of bereavement, by telephone, in person and through the council website.

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