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Vegetation Management

Removal of Funeral Designs

After an interment, funeral designs and floral pieces may be removed by the Department of Cemeteries from graves after five (5) days or when they become wilted and unsightly. Owners desiring to retain funeral designs and/or floral pieces must remove them within five (5) days after an interment. Only the owner of the burial rights or cemetery personnel may remove any funeral designs or floral pieces from a cemetery lot.

 

Holiday Arrangements and Floral Pieces

Holiday arrangements and floral pieces shall be removed by the Department of Cemeteries from the cemetery grounds after fifteen (15) days of the holiday or when they become wilted and unsightly. Owners desiring to retain holiday arrangements and/or floral pieces must remove them within fifteen (15) days after the holiday. Only the owner of the burial rights or cemetery maintenance personnel may remove any holiday arrangements or floral pieces from a cemetery lot.

 

Landscape Installation or Removal Permits

Work permits are required for the addition or removal of soil, mulch, turf, groundcover, flowers, shrubs, trees, tree parts (roots, stumps, or limbs) or vegetation of any sort by a contractor. The Director of Cemeteries, who acting for the best interests of the Cemeteries, shall have authority to approve or disapprove the installation or removal of any vegetation. The Director shall also have the authority to prune, remove or transplant any tree, shrub, plant or other vegetation upon any lot when he may deem such a course necessary or advisable.

 

Planting in New Cemetery Sections

The planting of flowers, shrubs or trees shall not be permitted on lots in Greenwich Cemetery or in Sections S or T of Bonaventure Cemetery.

 

Flowers in New Cemetery Sections

Potted plants or flower arrangements must be placed on permanent structures and not on the grass in Greenwich Cemetery or in Sections S and T of Bonaventure Cemetery. Glass, ceramic, metal or wire plant containers or accessories are not permitted at any time in these sections.

 

Tree Maintenance Responsibilities

Trees on cemetery lots are the responsibility of the owner(s) of the burial rights. Any maintenance or removal must be done at the owner’s expense. Trees in which the trunks are situated on more than one lot may be the responsibility of multiple owners. The maintenance or removal of trees more than six (6) inches in diameter at four and one-half (4 ½) feet above the grade on lots, must be performed by a licensed tree service contractor with proof of insurance and bonding. The City will maintain trees in which the trunk is partially or wholly on City property.

 

Tree Maintenance Rights of the City

If any trees situated in any lot shall, by means of their roots, branches or otherwise become detrimental to the structures, adjacent lot or infrastructure, or become dangerous or inconvenient to passengers or interfere with the scheme of development, or are diagnosed with an epidemic disease, the City shall have the right to enter the said lot and remove the said trees or such parts thereof as are detrimental, dangerous or inconvenient. The Department of Cemeteries will attempt to notify owners when trees on their cemetery lot become potentially hazardous to adjacent property to provide them the opportunity to correct the hazardous situation. If owners have been notified of hazardous conditions but have failed to correct those conditions in the time specified by the notification, any charges for maintenance will be billed against the lot.