“The paths are edged by weeds and many of the gravestones have become overgrown. There was also ragwort that was three feet high in places, although that has now been removed.
“It is very upsetting for relatives visiting the graves of their loved ones to see the cemetery in that state. It is unacceptable.
“I have met with the Perth and Kinross Council officers responsible and essentially the problem is that while the grass is cut once a fortnight, budget constraints mean that there is no time allocated to maintain the cemetery to the standard we saw in the past.
“Cemeteries that are still in active use need to properly maintained, tidy and at least clear of weeds, and I am strongly of the opinion that the council needs to look at this again when we are planning budgets for next year.”
Billy Mackay of David Scott Funeral Directors agreed that something needs to be done.
He said: “In recent months several families have spoken to us regarding the appearance of Blairgowrie Cemetery.
“For whatever reason, the standard of upkeep appears to have dropped and we all hope that the council will try to return the cemetery to the standard which we all think it should be.
“The cemetery is visited by many families and they absolutely deserve that it should be maintained to a higher standard than it is.”
A spokesperson for Perth and Kinross Council said: “The council is continuing to carry out the scheduled fortnightly grass cuts at the cemetery, despite the current wet conditions.
“We also intend to carry out weedkiller spraying around headstone areas and site margins as soon as weather conditions are drier and less windy.
“We recognise that borders in some parts of the cemetery are showing weed growth at present and as a result we carried out ragwort clearing during the course of this week.”
They added: “Monitoring of the cemetery is ongoing and this will continue.”