Many of us have had reason to visit the Crematorium in Pentre Bychan, either to attend a funeral of a close family member or friend or to pay our respects and remember those who were cremated there.

The majority of visitors are very decent and respectful people who treat the Crematorium and grounds with dignity but there’s a very small minority who are taking advantage of the peaceful surroundings.

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The most recent incident resulted in complaints about foul language, and, sadly a wild bird being killed.

Incidents such as these are rare but staff would like to remind everyone that the crematorium and grounds are no place for such behaviour. Not only is it disrespectful but it’s also illegal and the matter is now in the hands of the police.

If you see anything that causes you concern when you are visiting the area please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of staff on site who will be happy to help.

The crematorium handles over 1700 cremations per year and many people return to visit the final resting place of their loved ones to mark occasions. They use the visit as a time of reflection and memorial and appreciate the surrounding grounds.

The grounds extend for 40 acres and are maintained as semi natural woodland (including three pools and Pentrebychan brook,) and is a haven for wildlife. Animal species located in the grounds include heron, badgers, buzzards, snakes, ducks and owls.

The grounds also consist of an ungrazed paddock which is kept as a wild meadow and an area for trees. A section of Offa’s Dyke passes through the Crematorium grounds.

Darren Williams, Chief Environment and Technical Officer, said: “The incident mentioned was particularly upsetting for visitors and staff. It’s an area for respect and dignity and we should all remember that it is an area that many choose as their final resting place for their loved ones.”

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