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.

July – August 2021

Slower growth in the winter months has allowed us to catch up on various grounds improvement projects and prepare for spring.

Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium

  • Ongoing lawn maintenance and brush cutting, slowing down during the winter months
  • Ongoing spraying and removal of weeds
  • Ongoing gardens maintenance for pruning, hedging weed and pest control
  • Mulching of cemetery garden areas in progress 
  • Pruning of camellias ongoing, winter hedging in progress
  • Rose pruning scheduled for August
  • Tree risk works completed; crown lifting of avenue trees in progress 
  • Living Legacy planting season ongoing March to September
  • Introduction of new tree species for Living Legacy in progress
  • Ongoing grave site repairs following wet weather
  • Construction of Mausoleum of The Holy Way is ongoing, completion scheduled late 2021 – For more information, click here
  • Extension of burial areas at Moran Circuit (Catholic Blocks 8 and 9) and Cowper Drive have been completed – For more information, click here
  • New beams installed in Ascension Hill E and Traditional Monumental 
  • Water feature installation at Rockery of reflection completed
  • Upgrade of toilet block in Jewish area and Murphy Drive completed

Gore Hill Memorial Cemetery

  • Monthly spraying of brick pathways to remove weeds
  • Monthly brush cutting of graves ceased for winter and spring flowering – winter flowers are coming out in bloom
  • Ongoing lawn maintenance
  • Weekly clearing and blowing of pathways and emptying of bins
  • Tree risk works including removal of dead trees completed
  • Kiss and ride drop off zone at the school is completed
  • Turfing of the Carriageway to commence in spring
  • Annual pruning of shrubs and hedges underway
  • Freesias and jonquils due to flower June – July

Field of Mars Cemetery

  • Ongoing lawn maintenance and brush cutting, slowing down for the winter months
  • Ongoing spraying and removal of weeds
  • Annual pruning of shrubs and hedges underway
  • Rose pruning to commence in August
  • Mulching of all garden areas in progress
  • Tree risk works completed
  • Beautification works to Lawn 8 including a new Armenian section have been completed – statue to be installed
  • Construction of Sacred Crypts of Our Lady had been completed and crypts are now available for sale
  • Signage is being progressively upgraded
  • Stormwater drainage in Church of England blocks C, D and R has been upgraded to address flooding and pooling of water

Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery

  • Ongoing lawn maintenance and brush cutting
  • Ongoing spraying and removal of weeds, pruning and mulching
  • Maintenance focus on Bushland Memorial Gardens continuing
  • Improvement works to General Lawn including remediation of retaining wall and pathway and extension of lawn grave area completed – For more information, click here
  • Repairs to roadway in family vaults area to address safety concerns, completed  here
  • Development of natural burial area off Melaleuca Parade underway – For more information, click here

Sandgate Cemetery

  • Ongoing lawn maintenance and brush cutting at the Northern end of the cemetery
  • Ongoing spraying and removal of weeds from Catholic 1 to Anglican 1
  • Perimeter fencing damaged by storm due to be replaced by 30 November
  • Lawn perimeter fencing upgraded with the Wallsend Road perimeter next to be completed
  • Development approval process is continuing for rebuilding of the Presbyterian shelter
  • Improvements to roads and drainage in the Lawn area planned for later this year
  • Further replacement of leaking and hard to operate taps across the cemetery
  • Crypt lighting LEDs have been replaced/upgraded.
  • Two new Lawn beams have been constructed in the Lawn area