Members of the community joined forces with the church to clear up Horley Graveyard.
It was the second of two community days to help keep the grass tidy during the summer at the cemetery in Church Road. The first was at the end of July.
Nearly 20 people came along to clear grass cuttings, cut the grass and trim the edges around the gravestones.
In about three hours they had filled more than 20 garden waste sacks with grass.
On behalf of the Graveyard Committee, Horley Team Parish rector Rev Calvert Prentis said: “It was great to see people from the church and community come out to give a hand in tidying up the graveyard.
“We achieved a lot and the difference is noticeable. I would like to thank everyone who gave of their time.”
The Horley Graveyard committee, which is made up of members of St Bartholomew’s CofE Church, Horley Town Council and residents in Horley, took the decision to invite the public to help after the grass grew out of control.
The grant the parish gets from Horley Town Council was reduced last year and therefore the parish has had to review how many times each year it pays for the grass to be cut professionally.
But in the Spring, the grass grew to waist height and the parish received a number of complaints from the public who had tried to visit graves but were unable to fund them.
Responding to the complaints at the time Rev Prentis said: “As a church we are very sorry that this situation has evolved due to the reduction of grass cuts.
“The much rain and then warm spells have not help, however the grass has now been cut.
“We realise that this needs to be maintained and we are currently working on in inviting local community help.”
Following the success of the summer work mornings, there are two more Saturday mornings booked for community clear ups on September 14 and 28.
To join them go along at 10am to Horley Graveyard in Church Road.
If possible bring a rake and some garden bags.