A grieving son has accused a cemetery of being uncaring after staff ripped out a rose he planted in his dead mother's memory.
Frieda Walker of Bronsart Road, Fulham, died in July and was cremated at Putney Vale Crematorium. Last month, her son Donald planted a rose bush close to where his mother's ashes had been scattered, but when he returned last Wednesday it had been torn out.
He said: "It would have been my mum's 94th birthday that day, so I went up to visit. I couldn't believe it when I saw the rose had gone. They told me it was against the rules, which was why they pulled it up. I was told I would have to pay £200 to £300 if I wanted a rose and I can't afford that.
"It's beyond a joke charging that much when you are grieving. I will go up there and put a new flower there every day and I will be able to replace them faster than they can tear it out."
Mr Walker lived with and cared for his mother who had been diagnosed with diabetes in 1985.
He says if signs were displayed stating planting without permission was forbidden he would have obeyed them and added: "I think they are very uncaring, it just seems to be a business as far as they are concerned. "
The cemetery and crematorium is run by Wandsworth Council. A spokesman said that people could not plant their own roses because it would make it untidy and overgrown, unsuitable plants could be planted, and digging could disturb scattered ashes.