COUNCIL work on a `quagmire' cemetery has been branded a publicity stunt.
Kirklees Council staff have been re-turfing parts of Lockwood cemetery.
The graveyard has been criticised by funeral directors for more than a year for being in a poor state.
They say mourners are at risk, due to the muddiness of the cemetery.
Ian Birks, of Holmfirth funeral directors TW Birks and Son, said the latest moves were ridiculous.
He said: "Kirklees just wants to be seen to be doing something.
"This isn't an overnight thing. We take great pride how we look after families and make sure everything runs smoothly.
"But the last place families get to see their loved ones is a place like that. Their last memory is of traipsing across a muddy field.
"We don't go to any other graveyards that are like that. It may as well be a ploughed field."
A Kirklees spokesman said the work had been planned for a while.
He added: "Part of the cemetery has been in a poor state due to waterlogging.
"This has been made worse by work to re-route an electricity cable and a water main in the area.
"The re-turfing of this area was scheduled some time ago and was always going to happen this week, weather permitting.
"It has now been completed and should enhance the cemetery."