Plea made to respect island cemetery

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has expressed concern at the distress being caused to the relatives of people interred at Kilnaughton Cemetery on Islay, due to its unkempt state.

Mr Cameron said: “I have been contacted by a number of people who are, frankly, dismayed by the impact rabbits are having on the burial ground.

“Despite the best efforts of council staff, who have sought to fence the cemetery off with rabbit-proof mesh, they are finding that the mesh is being cut, which is allowing the rabbits back in.

“The result is that pathways are being damaged and floral tributes destroyed.

“I find it extraordinary that anyone would deliberately interfere with attempts to keep rabbits out of the cemetery and urge whoever is responsible to desist.

“Places of rest should be respected, as should the feelings of family members who wish to visit the graves of their loved ones.”

Local councillor, Alastair Redman, added:

“This is an issue the community really cares about.

“I do hope the council staff will be allowed to do their job, keep the cemetery safe and just as visitors would hope to find it.”

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