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Pet cemetery wins top award again
Pet cemetery
The cemetery was founded 18 years ago
A Flintshire cemetery has been named the best in the UK for the third year running.

Some 450 animals have been buried or cremated at The Pet Cemetery near Holywell over the past 18 years.

Animal lovers John and Terri Ward run the centre, which has a chapel, crematorium and monumental garden.

"People come in here with their pets and spend a few minutes saying their goodbyes and shedding a tear or two," said Mr Ward.

It has won the award from the Memorial Awareness Board, which is run by the National Association of Memorial Masons.

The cemetery in Brynford consists of traditional plots, plots for ponies and a garden of honour for "brave animals".

It also includes tea rooms, a visitor centre and seven-and-a-half acres of landscaped gardens.

I'm so impressed with the whole arrangements made here. I asked the owner, John, what was the chance of him getting a licence to bury human beings
George Kneeman

However, Mr Ward said the cost varied due to the size of the animal and the service required.

"For a private individual cremation of a little cat - where it's cremated by ourselves - the recovery of the ashes, the preparation, the casket, the plaque, everything all in you're talking about 140 plus VAT," Mr Ward said.

"But if you're talking about interring a horse in the cemetery - where you've got the burial side of it, the grave and everything - you could be talking of 1,000."

George Kneeman from Mold, Flintshire, whose daughter has cremated two of her pets at the centre, said he was impressed with the services.

"I'm so impressed with the whole arrangements made here.

"I asked the owner, John, what was the chance of him getting a licence to bury human beings. He said he was trying to apply for that."

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