Funding for the only cemetery independently run in Allerdale is coming and big plans are underfoot to keep it looking its best.

Last year they were forced to entirely change the way the cemetery operated and funds now come from three major sources.

A spokesman from the Wigton Burial Joint Committee said: “The first is the income from funerals, purchase of grave spaces and plaques in the Memorial Garden and the erection of headstones.

“Secondly, we are very grateful for the grants which come from our three councils, Wigton, Woodside and Waverton and thirdly, a new source of income from the letting of the Cemetery House.

“We are in the process of arranging an agreement with Allerdale Borough Council bereavement services to provide curating services for the cemetery.

“These will include arranging funerals, purchase of grave spaces, maintaining cemetery records and deeds. This has been delayed due to the coronavirus situation but we are hoping it will be in place soon.”

The group has also arranged a new maintenance team to keep on top of any work that need to be completed.

The committee added: “During the past year we have faced many challenges - funding cuts, new working practices, flooding, drought and Covid19 to name but a few.

“Despite all these problems we strive to maintain the high standards expected of us.

“We have appointed a new contractor - Ian Rumney of Solway Garden & Landscapes.

“Together with his team he is working hard to keep the grass under control and will cut the hedges in the autumn.

“The flower beds around the Cenotaph have been planted red, white and blue to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.

“The scales have been repaired and restored to The Angel on The Banks Memorial.

“The Victorian Benches are in the process of being re-furbished and we hope to continue this project over the autumn and winter months.”