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Newts prevent grass cutting at Hilgay Churchyard

All Saints Church Hilgay church warden Peter Bates and the problem with Newts that are causing a problem around the church grounds ANL-140204-115020001

All Saints Church Hilgay church warden Peter Bates and the problem with Newts that are causing a problem around the church grounds ANL-140204-115020001

A churchyard is currently not being mowed after council workers discovered a population of newts.

Members of Hilgay’s All Saints’ Church have been informed that West Norfolk Council will not cut the grass at the closed cemetery due to Great Crested Newts.

The newts have protection under UK and European legislation.

Churchwarden Peter Bates says the newts have been around for 25 years and has even rescued them from the building.

He said: “We don’t want to destroy these little things as they are part of the countryside but their refusal to cut the grass is ridiculous.

“At the moment the church yard does not look too bad but it is going to get out of hand. There are people who still have graves in there.”

A spokeswoman for West Norfolk Council said cuts will resume. She said: “We had to wait until we had information from Natural England and will be following their instructions of when to cut the grass appropriately so we do not disturb the newts.”

 

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