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Grounds Maintenance Overview

Sweeping and Litter Collection

All grounds are checked on a daily basis for litter and all other debris.    The pathways and drives are swept as and when necessary throughout the year. 

Leaves are cleared from all other areas of the cemetery twice per year during the months of October and November.

Litter baskets should be maintained so that they are no more than half full.  Every month, the litter baskets are properly cleared of its contents and the area surrounding it 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 the cemetery staff as soon as ground conditions are suitable. 

Grave spaces will be seeded within 6 months where weather allows following a burial taking place.  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. 

Ongoing maintenance of the grave space will be carried out by the council, providing no item protrudes from the concrete plinth.

 

Grass cutting

The entire cemetery is cut 30 times per annum.   This is undertaken weekly 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 at the same time.  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 the months of March and October.  Pruning takes place between October and March.

 

Bedding Flowers

Flower beds are planted twice per year in the months of October and May.  All beds will be weeded and hoed once every two weeks.

 

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 3ft to 5ft in height and boundary hedges are maintained to 8ft to 10ft. 

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