I recently received a telephone call from a family of a constituent who were very upset about what they perceived to be as an act of vandalism in the Cemetery in Jeffcock Road, over this last weekend, where their parents were buried.
I had great sympathy for the family as they explained that the “grass had been ripped up and stripped” by and near the graves. I contacted the City Council to report the vandalism and this is the surprise response I received.
Dear Councillor Bateman, The Bereavement Services Manager has investigate the matter reported to you, and I can advise as follows. The damage is being caused by badgers after food.As you can clearly see they cause quite a lot of damage to the turf. We did not find any rubbish on the Harrison grave apart from a couple of cards that had probably been blown across in the wind from another grave.
The grounds staff on site will attempt to rectify the damage as best they can, but unfortunately there is little we can do to deter them hunting for food, and of course they are a protected species.”
I explained the situation to my constituents this morning, and they expressed relief that the actions that had so upset them were ‘natural’ and not the vandalism that they feared had happened! I want to thank the City Council for responding so quickly, because there was huge upset in the family when they thought their loved ones had been targeted. My constituents are nature lovers and the action of ‘Brock the Badger’ came as a relief to them!
So if you see the grass in the cemetery scuffed up and ripped to shreds, its the local Badgers that have set up home in the heart of Wolverhampton, looking for earthworms, acorns and invertebrates as they stock up on their body fat for winter.