Grounds Maintenance and Projects Update

Our grounds team are dedicated to maintaining our cemetery grounds so they look their best at all times throughout the year. Our maintenance schedule includes year-round tasks such as lawn mowing, brush cutting and removal of weeds, as well as seasonal activities such as pruning and planting. Projects to improve cemetery grounds and infrastructure occur throughout the year.

December/January

Our focus in this period has been to prepare the grounds for Christmas/ New Year where we experience high visitor numbers. Above average rainfall resulting in stronger vegetation growth has been challenging.

Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium

  • Ongoing lawn maintenance and brush cutting
  • Ongoing spraying and removal of weeds
  • Pruning of camellias commenced, to be completed in the new year
  • Roses will receive a summer prune in the new year
  • Brush box and eucalypts drop their leaves in late Spring/ early Summer – extra clean ups and street sweeps are occurring
  • Stage 1 of new family ash estates garden Gardenia Grove is close to completion
  • Construction of Mausoleum of The Holy Way is ongoing, completion scheduled late 2021

Gore Hill Memorial Cemetery

  • The Coreopsis flowered later this year than usual, and will be cut down to grave height once seeding has finished
  • Watsonias and other flowering plants will also be cut back once the seasonal flowering ends
  • Monthly spraying of the brick pathways to remove weeds
  • Monthly brush cutting
  • Weekly clearing and blowing of pathways and emptying of bins
  • Permission has been sought from NSW Heritage for the removal of a number of dead trees

Field of Mars Cemetery

  • Ongoing lawn maintenance and brush cutting
  • Ongoing spraying and removal of weeds
  • Beautification works to Lawn 8 including a new Armenian section will be completed by end of December 2020
  • Completion of construction of Sacred Crypts of Our Lady is scheduled for late February/ early March
  • New roadway to Upper Greek area will be completed in February

Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery

  • Ongoing lawn maintenance and brush cutting
  • Ongoing spraying and removal of weeds
  • Pruning of azaleas in grave sites mostly completed, with some weeding to occur in the new year
  • Improvement works to General Lawn including remediation of retaining wall and pathway and extension of lawn grave area will commence in January – For more information, click here.
  • Upgrade of underground drainage line off Coonangurra Circuit will commence in January – For more information, click here.

Sandgate Cemetery

  • Ongoing lawn maintenance and brush cutting
  • Ongoing spraying and removal of weeds
  • Clean up following storm on 11 November which caused extensive damage to trees is nearing completion, with some stump grinding yet to occur; over 100 trees were impacted
  • Replacement of perimeter fencing damaged by storm will occur in the new year
  • Potholes throughout the cemetery have been repaired, with further road improvements planned for 2021
  • Improvements to lawn access road will occur once the ground dries out