From the petrol powered lawn mowers first introduced in our
cemeteries in the 1920s to microfibers in turf, which we are
experimenting with for a more durable surface, the Commission has
always been at the cutting edge of innovation. Mechanical
edge-trimmers, hedge cutters, leaf sweepers, gang mowers and
fertiliser and compost distributors followed the early
developments. Some machinery has been specifically designed
and adapted to suit our requirements, and much of the modern
machinery that benefits the domestic gardener was developed in
consultation with manufacturers for us.
Our gardeners take great pride in the high standards they set
themselves for maintenance but also display. Gardening is a
creative process and our cemeteries are deservedly celebrated not
only for their architecture but for their horticultural
splendour. Our planting routines have been tried and tested
so that the perfect mix of beauty, longevity of flowering and
durability means that the cemeteries always have something of
interest to show the visitor.
Our experience helps when we are faced with extreme conditions
or unexpected occurrences, such as floods as a result of monsoon
rains at Kirkee (India) or wild boar damage in Berlin.