Cemetery to help burial shortage in Torfaen

Llwyncelyn Cemetery
Image caption Meadow land at Llwyncelyn will be used for environmentally friendly burials without headstones

A new cemetery has been opened in a town where space for burials had been running out.

Llwyncelyn Cemetery in Cwmbran has room for burials for people in the area for 50 years, Torfaen council says.

It will allow for a choice of burials, including green and more conventional ceremonies, along with woodland and meadows.

Councils across the UK are attempting to provide more burial plots as cemeteries reach capacity.

Many are extending their current sites but Torfaen council decided to create a new one on derelict land it owned.

'Limited space'

It said it consulted with the local community to create a ground that meets its needs.

"Other authorities have to extend sites but when you do that you lose the luxury of working from a blank slate," said Councillor John Cunningham, executive member for neighbourhood services.

"That's what our staff have been able to do here. They really have been able to design a facility that will serve the future needs of Torfaen residents."

The new £1.7m cemetery covers 11 hectares of land at Hollybush Heights in Cwmbran.

It will be able to cater for environmentally friendly burials, where biodegradable coffins are used without headstones.

Local residents have been working with the council since 2003 and even suggested the name for the cemetery - Llwyncelyn, which is Welsh for Hollybush.

The authority said there is now only "limited space" at its other cemetery in Panteg, New Inn.

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