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Desborough Cemetery opens after 100,000 improvements
Gravestones in Desborough Cemetery
Desborough cemetery after refurbishment

Desborough Cemetery has been officially reopened after £100,000 worth of improvements.

The two-year project included rebuilding roads and pathways and improving drainage.

The work was carried out by Kettering Borough Council. Jim Hakewill, Council leader, said: "it makes the cemetery much more usable and attractive."

The authority is also trying to encourage wildlife in the cemetery, including plant life and insects.

Nature walk

During the official opening ceremony, children from the local Havelock Primary School took a nature walk around the cemetery.

Aidan, 11, said: "We've found a lot of trees; some I'd never heard of. We've seen some oak trees, beech trees, yew trees and sycamore and I think one was called a monkey puzzle tree."

Toby, 11, added: "It's quite special to see all of this around a cemetery; you wouldn't expect it. It's very nice round here."

Desborough cemetery
Most cemeteries are wildlife havens

Stephen Ashpole from the Desborough and District Group of the Wildlife Trust wants people to see cemeteries as more than just places to remember loved ones.

"Desborough Cemetery has lots of mature trees and also other areas of green space around the site. This makes it an ideal habitat for a good number of wildlife species to live in.

"You get lichens and insects on the gravestones. And about 300 species can live on an oak tree," he said.

The improvement work included new edges to the pathways and roads, improved access for hearses, new bases for seats and bins and the regrading of uneven areas.

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