Hard-up families buy wooden gravestones
GRIEVING families are putting wooden headstones on loved ones’ graves in a bid to beat the credit crunch.
Carpenter Mike Davis has sold about 70 headstones and crosses since he set up what he believes is the country’s only wooden memorial business.
He said yesterday that mourners were abandoning traditional stone or marble memorials because his work was about a third of the price.
The appearance is warmer, he said, and the hardwood headstones cost £300 compared with the £1,000 a stonemason would charge.
Mr Davis, 45, set up Wooden Memorials in Longlevens, Gloucester, after his father and sister died.
He said: “Quite a few people are coming to me in this time of economic recession, saying they simply can’t afford a headstone.
“I made one for an elderly lady who didn’t have enough money for a stone and she loved it.”