Cemeteries go beyond the grave to snag awards
TWO Tweed cemeteries have bagged awards for gardening.
Tweed Valley Cemetery at Eviron and the Murwillumbah Lawn Cemetery were recognised in Murwillumbah Garden Club's annual contest, taking out first and second respectively in the large commercial/public garden section.
Both are run by Tweed Shire Council.
Building and recreation assets co-ordinator Peter Ganser said they were delighted with the awards.
"We are extremely proud of the operational team especially that they managed to achieve second prize as well for Murwillumbah Lawn Cemetery," Mr Ganser said
"Next year we aim to get a hat-trick with Tweed Heads Cemetery winning a place."
Mr Ganser said beautiful gardens were vital for cemetery visitors.
"The team works hard at maintaining a high standard throughout the year as this is especially important for the families who have their loved ones here."
Four full-time employees manage the grounds across three cemeteries - Tweed Heads, Tweed Valley and Murwillumbah.
The Tweed Valley cemetery at Eviron opened in April 1997 and covers approx 19 ha.
It currently has 1371 burials on the site and 568 ash memorials with 426 reservations for burials and 389 reservations for ash memorials.
The staff not only undertake the gardening, but also man the cremator and under- take the burials and ash interments.