According to the ABC in Tasmania, a crackdown on sentimental items placed on graves at a Tasmanian cemetery has sparked anger from community members — but the council involved says the policy is "similar to most other cemeteries".

A clean-up and audit at the cemetery in Longford, near Launceston, by the Northern Midlands Council is set to begin from February 24, with family and friends urged to remove personal items.

Emma Allen has three plaques for family members in the cemetery, including her father.

"My dad passed away in 1995, and it has never been an issue before this, so why now?" Ms Allen said.

Key points:

  • The Northern Midlands Council are set to conduct an audit and cleanup at the Longford General Cemetery later this month
  • The council says family and friends need to follow the rules of the cemetery
  • Community members say they're "devastated" and are hoping the council will compromise

Northern Midlands Mayor Mary Knowles told ABC Radio Northern Tasmania people need to follow the rules, which she said were common to other sites.

"We have a policy in place, which is very similar to most other cemeteries, and we are simply letting people know," she said.

The council said family and friends have until February 25 to remove items — after which, items will be collected by the council and kept for two weeks.

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