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'Make Lawnswood cemetery a Leeds attraction'

Lawnswood Cemetery, Leeds
Image caption The Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery say the site should become a Leeds attraction

A campaign group looking after one of the biggest cemeteries in Leeds says it is neglected and could be marketed as a city attraction.

The Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery say parts of the site have become overgrown and there is a need for more work to be carried out.

The group said the cemetery contains the graves of 14 previous lord mayors and has "amazing artwork".

Leeds City Council said areas for improvement had been identified.

'Not morbid'

Andrea Hetherington, from the Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery, said it should be marketed as a city attraction.

"I don't think it's morbid, it's not about death, it's about a celebration of people's lives.

"There's also lots of other reasons to come here, some of the artwork is quite amazing."

The group wants work at the cemetery to be carried out, including some of the gates that are currently being repaired put back "sooner rather than later".

In a statement, Leeds City Council said: "We are working closely with the Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery and have just recently completed a condition survey where we have identified a number of areas where improvements can be made to enhance the visitor experience.

"Using the information obtained from this survey, we are developing an action plan to undertake these improvements.

"If you would like to get more involved and join in with many of our ranger-led volunteer work activities and meet new people, we would love to see you."

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