Our continuing care of the cemetery

We are proud of our magnificent botanical gardens and special cemetery spaces.

The team at Springvale Botanical Cemetery work year round to keep our grounds in pristine condition. The team consists of 11 general maintenance workers, 51 full-time and part-time horticulture employees and 12 gravediggers.

Managing our gardens

The team takes care of 169 hectares, which feature:

  • 29,501 roses, 255 varieties of bush, standard, weepers and pillar roses
  • Between 80,000 and 100,000 trees, with several trees (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) around the 400 years old
  • Many types of highly landscaped gardens, including formal and informal, traditional English and European, native, bush land and annual bed displays
  • Native birdlife (multiple wetland species live and breed on the property, in addition to owls, and birds of prey), reptiles (snakes, turtles, frogs), echidna (rare) and possums.

Lawns

It takes over two weeks to mow our entire site. We have 10 ride-on mowers of five different types.

Rose pruning

We hold annual rose pruning demonstrations in May and June for budding rose enthusiasts.

Recycling and water

At Springvale Botanical Cemetery we are dedicated to recycling and green technologies.

All our organic waste is recycled on-site and reused within the cemetery for garden bed preparation. All prunings and felled trees are chipped and used as mulch.

We are totally self-sufficient in terms of irrigation, with four dams on the property supplying water.

Our irrigation control unit is linked to the weather station and controls irrigation.

Extensive water storage facilities mean we can take full advantage of inclement weather.

All our water features use recycled water, and this water is also used for wash-down requirements and supplements toilet flushing.

Our water quality management plan with Melbourne Water includes gross pollution traps, which ensures that all run-offs into the bay are of excellent quality.

Potable water is only used in our amenities, facilities and cemetery taps.

Specialist employees

We have a close relationship with TAFE for in-house and external horticultural training, which ensures our horticulture employees are specialists.

Over the past 10 years six SMCT staff have received a total of eight awards including Outstanding Apprentice of the Year at their level, and the much coveted award of "Outstanding Student of the Year Holmesglen Parks and Gardens”.

Recreation

We are proud that our grounds are used extensively for community recreation. On any given day you may find walking groups, family picnics, wedding photography, bird watching and horticultural and historical groups enjoying the environment.

Your responsibilities

All public cemetery land is crown land. This means that when you purchase a grave or memorial location you are not purchasing the land, but purchasing rights to inter on crown land.

It is you and your family’s responsibility to maintain the monument, headstone or plaque in perpetuity while the cemetery is responsible for maintaining the grounds.

Tenure on Cremation Memorials

Cremation memorials have been sold with varying tenure periods over the years. The dates below outline the changes that have occurred.

Prior to 24 August 1955

  • All memorials were sold in perpetuity (for all time).

24 August 1955 – 31 December 1975

  • Tenure periods were introduced.
  • Trees, Wall Niches and Ground Niches were sold with a 50 year tenure.
  • Shrubs and Roses were sold with a 25 year tenure.

From 1 January 1976

  • 25 year tenure periods commenced from the date of purchase for all cremation memorials. From 5 June 1998
  • Perpetuity (for all time) available as an option for all existing and new cremation memorials.

If you have any questions regarding the tenure of a memorial please feel free to contact us on 8558 8299 during normal business hours or email sbc@smct.org.au