Floral and memento guidelines policy

To help us maintain a beautiful, clean, tidy and hazard-free environment, our cemetery has developed a Floral and Memento Policy.

To help us maintain a beautiful, clean, tidy and hazard-free environment, Springvale Botanical Cemetery has developed a Floral and Memento Policy. These guidelines clearly outline what kind of tributes can be left at graves and cremation memorials. Please familiarise yourself with the guidelines specific to the area that you visit.

Your co-operation in following these guidelines will prevent disappointment, as non-approved tributes are removed and disposed of without notification.

Cremation Memorials, Lawn Graves, Lawn Beam Graves

Acceptable:

  • Fresh flowers (no wire)
  • Flower receptacles arranged through cemetery

Not acceptable:

  • Plastic, artificial flowers
  • Glass, ceramic, metal or plastic vases or any receptacles not arranged through cemetery
  • Pot plants, plants planted into the ground
  • Ornaments, toys, balloons
  • Photo frames
  • Candles, lanterns, burning boxes
  • Windmills and wind chimes
  • Crosses
  • Any items hung from plants, e.g. trees, roses, shrubs, etc
  • Any items spiked into the ground

Full monumental graves

Acceptable:

  • Fresh, dried or artificial flowers
  • Receptacles and ornamentation that are a part of an approved monument
  • Conforming items that are placed securely upon and within a monument’s boundaries

Not acceptable:

  • Any glass items
  • Anything placed or planted in the pathways

Headstone lawn and Headstone beam graves

Acceptable:

  • Fresh, dried or artificial flowers
  • Receptacles and ornamentation that are a part of an approved headstone and base
  • Conforming items that are placed securely upon and within a headstone’s boundaries

Not acceptable:

  • Any glass items
  • Anything placed or planted in the ground around the headstone and base or top of the grave
  • Any items hung from any plants or trees

Children’s areas - A. J. A. Gardner lawn and E. E. Simpson lawn

Acceptable:

  • Fresh flowers (no wire)
  • Durable toys (weather proof)
  • Solid non-breakable garden ornaments (e.g. concrete)
  • Wind chimes, windmill ornaments on wooden or plastic sticks, up to 300mm above the ground level (maximum four per grave)
  • Solar or battery powered lights
  • Freestanding weatherproof receptacle (toy box), maximum 400mm length x 280mm width x 300mm height

Not acceptable:

  • Perishable items
  • Pebbles, stones, stone slabs, pavers, bricks or any other form of building materials
  • Artificial and dried flowers, pot plants, plants planted into the ground
  • Any glass items
  • Lanterns and candles
  • Any grave borders
  • Any items that will rust
  • Any broken and disintegrated items
  • Any items with hooks, spikes or sharp edges
  • Any item more than 300mm above the ground level

Additional children’s area information

Memorialisation, tributes and ornaments are to be placed strictly within the concrete edgings at the head of the grave.

  • To avoid damage to cables and irrigation equipment, nothing is to be inserted into the soil more than 200mm deep.
  • All items left are at owner’s risk.
  • Please consider the suitability and safety of items in a public place (e.g. if a wind chime has hooks, spikes or sharp edges it is dangerous and unacceptable).
  • In the event that the contents of a weatherproof box are of concern. For example, in the case of vermin or spider infestation or decay, we will remove and discard it at our own discretion.

Rocco Surace Mausoleum

Acceptable:

  • Chapel – no tributes of any kind
  • Vestibule – artificial flowers within the vigil lamp vases only
  • Atriums, Colonnades, Courtyards – fresh and artificial flowers within the vigil lamp vases only

Not acceptable:

  • Any tributes that encroach upon adjacent crypts
  • Any items attached to a crypt including photographs or cards
  • Any items placed on the floor
  • Lighting or burning of candles or any other unauthorised materials

Luciano Rossetti Mausoleum

Acceptable:

  • • Family rooms – artificial flowers only
  • Galleries – fresh and artificial flowers within the vigil lamp vases only

Not acceptable:

  • Any tributes that encroach upon adjacent crypts
  • Any items attached to a crypt including photographs or cards
  • Any items placed on the floor
  • Lighting or burning of candles or any other unauthorised materials

For further information or clarification, please call (03) 8558 8278.

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