The giant fir-tree which damaged eleven graves in Penarth Cemetery when it collapsed during Storm Emma (Photo Rod Hill)

Penarth Town councillors were told last night that a total of eleven grave plots were damaged by the collapse of a 90-foot-high Douglas-fir tree at Penarth Cemetery during “Storm Emma” – earlier this month

A council officer, briefing a council committee , said  “We’re not really sure what  we’re going to do. We will contact everybody” [ i.e. families of the bereaved] ” and take it from there”.

Some of the wrecked graves damaged by the tree collapse

The committee was told that trees in the cemetery were examined annually. The officer said “Obviously this one wasn’t identified,  – but it was freak weather”.

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