Grounds Maintenance and Projects Update

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.

April – June 2022

Extensive rainfall throughout summer and autumn has severely disrupted our maintenance schedule, with rapid growth in lawns, shrubs, other plantings and weeds proving a challenge. Our focus continues to be ensuring that funeral services can continue and that visitors can safely access all parts of our cemeteries.

Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium

  • Ongoing lawn maintenance and brush cutting
  • Ongoing spraying and removal of weeds
  • Ongoing gardens maintenance for pruning, hedging weed and pest control
  • Camelia pruning underway
  • Lawn repairs in progress
  • Traditional Monumental extension to commence
  • Annual tree inspections and high risk works completed
  • Construction of Mausoleum of The Holy Way is ongoing, completion scheduled by mid 2022. For more information, click here
  • Upgrading of amenities blocks occurring March – June 2022. For more information, click here.

Gore Hill Memorial Cemetery

  • Monthly spraying of brick pathways to remove weeds
  • Monthly brush cutting of graves
  • Ongoing lawn maintenance
  • Weekly clearing and blowing of pathways and emptying of bins
  • Annual run through of hedging and shaping due to start late May
  • Annual tree inspections and high risk works completed.

Field of Mars Cemetery

  • Ongoing lawn maintenance and brush cutting
  • Ongoing spraying and removal of weeds
  • Annual pruning of shrubs and hedges ongoing
  • Mulching of all garden areas completed
  • Lawn repairs in progress
  • Annual tree inspections and high risk works completed.

Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery

  • Ongoing lawn maintenance and brush cutting
  • Ongoing spraying and removal of weeds, pruning and mulching
  • New natural burial area completed and open for burials
  • New partner rocks garden completed
  • Lawn repairs in progress
  • Annual tree inspections and high risk works completed
  • Weed removal works along creek line to commence.

Sandgate Cemetery

  • Extensive weed control continuing, subject to rain delays
  • Re-mulching of all the gardens commenced
  • Perimeter fencing repairs to commence May; trees to be pruned along fence line
  • Trees destroyed by storms to be replaced throughout the cemetery during winter
  • Improvements to Garden of the Innocents landscaping underway
  • Renovations to picnic tables at Greek 1 and Anglican 3 completed
  • Drainage works for the Lawn access road to be completed with the laying of a dispersion pipe parallel to Wallsend Road.
  • Annual tree inspections and high risk works completed
  • Development consent for Chapel upgrade achieved March 2022; construction works scheduled for to occur April – July. For more information click here.