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Henrico cemetery overgrowth solution: goats

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The final resting place of tennis legend Arthur Ashe is being called a dump. It turns out, the owner of Woodland Cemetery in Henrico also owns another historic cemetery.

The country's first female bank president is buried at Evergreen Cemetery. Both cemeteries are in unbelievable condition. 

"I think they are deplorable," said Veronica Davis who is a cemetery restoration coordinator with the group Virginia Roots. "That's why instead of me complaining, I get out here and come up with solutions." 

Davis traveled to Richmond after seeing our report on conditions at Woodland Cemetery. She has been working to help restore the historic properties.

"But we are not free labor," said Davis. "We have to make that clear to the owners as well as the family members."

We called the owner of Woodland and Evergreen Cemetery, Isaiah Entzminger. Entzminger says a lack of funding and community support has contributed to the poor conditions at each cemetery.

"I don't like the way it looks," said Entzminger. "Sure I don't."

Davis says she hopes this all inspires the community to help.

"This is a community project," said Davis. "We need everyone to come out and help."

Davis is studying bringing in a herd of goats to tackle the overgrowth issues.

"We are going to have goats come in and eat up the vegetation on a regular basis." said Davis who notes more work must be done initially to tackle the larger trees. "We are going to have a group come in and help with vegetation and tree removal in one fell swoop."

Davis hopes to see the work begin at the Evergreen Cemetery Complex in the next month. If you would like to volunteer call the volunteer coordinator Mr. John Shuck at 757-332-4042. 

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