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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 August, 2005, 14:40 GMT 15:40 UK
Anger over wild flower graveyard
Tall thrift in Ancaster graveyard
Some people have complained the graveyard has become dangerous
Visitors to a Lincolnshire cemetery have complained it is being spoilt by attempts to preserve a rare flower.

Ancaster Cemetery near Sleaford is one of only two places in the country where tall thrift is found, the other being a nature reserve just a few miles away.

English Nature said a quarter of the area has to be left uncut every year to allow the plant to survive.

Locals have said the disruption to the cemetery is unacceptable, and makes it dangerous to walk in.

The parish council said it appreciated both sides of the argument and was trying to negotiate a compromise arrangement but that the matter was at an early stage.

The tall thrift has a long thin stem with a distinctive kink, crowned with a purple-pink bushy flower.

It was once widespread in Lincolnshire but has been badly affected by modern agricultural techniques.

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