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Grounds Maintenance Overview

Sweeping and litter collection

  • All grounds are checked daily for litter and other debris. Pathways and drives are swept as necessary.

  • Leaves are cleared from all other areas of the cemetery twice a year in October and December. 

  • Litter baskets should be maintained so they are no more than half full.  Every month the litter baskets are emptied and the surrounding area swept and cleared. 

Snow clearing and gritting

  • During weather likely to require snow or gritting operations, the pathways and roads surrounding the grounds are cleared for access.

Grave maintenance

  • Grave spaces will sink as compaction occurs, particularly after heavy rainfall.  This will be made good by cemetery staff as soon as ground conditions are suitable. 

  • Grave spaces will be seeded within six months, where weather allows, following a burial.  This will usually take place between April to May, and September to October each year.

  • During this period, settlement will take place and extra soil will be placed on the grave to keep the ground level. 

  • Maintenance of the grave space is the responsibility of the grant holder.  The council will maintain the grass should any memorial be lateral and provide an uninterrupted area for mowing. 

 Grass cutting

  • The entire cemetery is cut 15 times a year. This is undertaken every two weeks between the months of March and November.  The edges of the grassed areas are trimmed (edged up) once a year between November and March.

Rose beds

  • All roses are pruned between February and March, and November to December each year and manure is applied.  During June and October, all the dead heads and suckers are removed and then sprayed with fungicidal treatment. 

  • New roses are planted during October and November each year.

Shrubbed Areas

  • All weeds and seedling trees are cleared monthly between March and October.  Pruning takes place between October and March.

Bedding Flowers

  • Flower beds are planted twice a year in October and May.  All beds will be weeded and hoed once every two weeds.

Hedge Cutting and Maintenance

  • All hedges will be cut twice a year to reduce the tops and sides.  The first cut will take place between June and July with the second taking place between September and October.  Ornamental hedges are maintained to 3-5ft in height and boundary hedges are maintained to 8-10ft. 

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