A cemetary in the UK has banned the use of plastic flowers:
The use of artificial flowers has been banned from a crematorium on grounds of health and safety.
A council has prohibited the laying of artificial wreaths or flowers and also barred pottery, glass items and wire mesh fences.
The rules have outraged mourners who claim people should be allowed to grieve in their own way and point out many cannot afford to place fresh flowers on a plot every week.
Relatives of deceased loved ones are furious at North East Lincolnshire Council which last November threatened to remove keepsakes from children's graves.
The council says any items or mementos left at the crematorium in Grimsby, except fresh plants and flowers, will be confiscated as they clutter up the grounds and leave the place untidy.
Glenn Greetham, head of neighbourhood services at North East Lincolnshire Council said: 'I hope residents and visitors with loved ones buried or cremated within the site see the difficulty in providing a dignified and sensitive service while maintaining an acceptable standard.
'Unfortunately some items that have been placed at the crematorium including CD holders, cards pinned in trees, wine glasses, empty cans of beer, candles, cuddly toys, wind chimes and balloons are not appropriate.
'The majority of people want the crematorium and memorial gardens to be a quiet and appropriate place to remember their loved ones. Fresh plants and flowers are acceptable on the crematorium grounds.
'All other items will be removed as they can often pose a health and safety risk and conflict with the majority of the crematorium users.'
And just how are artificial flowers like empty beer cans or wine glasses? The analogy escapes me.