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Letter: Viewpoints - Not alone in tree sadness.

Byline: Judith Gay

I CAN completely empathise with Maureen Saunders about the felling of the trees at Sarn Cemetery.

My late boyfriend, Aran, is buried in the same quiet corner of the cemetery, next to Ricky. The plot was chosen because it was quiet and peaceful.

In summer it was a tranquil haven and I have often sat and listened to the birds as Maureen does. When you are grieving it offers a little comfort that your loved one's last resting place is beautiful.

I visited the cemetery this week on what would have been Aran's birthday and I was horrified to find the trees had been completely decimated.

They hadn't been carefully pruned, just destroyed. It was very ugly and I felt really upset. It will take years, even with replanting, before the green canopy can re-establish itself.

Please print this letter, so Maureen knows she is not alone. Our only solace is that both Aran and Ricky are in a much more beautiful place now.

Judith Gay White Acre Close, Thornhill, Cardiff
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 16, 2008
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