Regulations – Trees & Shrubs

St. Ninian’s Cemetery Care Company Trees and Shrubs Within Cemetery Boundaries

  1. Our parishioners and others are invited to purchase appropriate trees and donate them, including the cost of planting, to the cemetery. The donors are welcome to be present to witness the planting of his and/or her tree, but the type of tree and planting location must be approved by the Trees and Shrubs committee beforehand, to ensure these conform to the guidelines and regulations.
  2. All trees must be of nursery stock and be planted only by persons in that business who have adequate knowledge of tree planting procedures and techniques. Trees should only be planted in the spring or fall. They are not likely to survive if planted in the summer.
  3. New trees planted in the future will only be allowed along the major axis roadways. These trees must be kept at least 30′ apart.
  4. The species of new trees allowed within cemetery boundaries is now restricted to Pine, Norway Maple, Red Maple, Yellow Birch, European Linden, Sugar Maple and Spruce.
  5. The recommended pines are Red Pine from Nova Scotia seed sources and Jack Pine. However, pines should only be planted along the top ridge of the cemetery.
  6. Spruce should only be planted in the area along the main highway.
  7. The only matters to consider with the remaining species listed is that careful consideration must be given to the type and location of each tree planted. Land clearing over the years has shifted the soil into irregular patterns. Thus, some trees will do better than others in certain areas of the cemetery.
  8. Basically we are dealing with a very heavy soil, with fairly low fertility and in some areas poor drainage. This all combines to make it most important to plant the proper species of a tree in a given area.
  9. In regard to shrubs, these must be only planted at either end of headstones in a direct line with the other headstones in that row. All shrubs must be at least 2′ away from the stone to permit mowing of grass. Those persons who plant shrubs in the cemetery should do so in
    consultation with the cemetery caretaker.
  10. It is most important that shrubs be properly planted and fertilized to ensure their health and appearance becomes satisfactory in the beginning. In addition, it is necessary that those who plant shrubs continue to look after them each year. Shrubs that are neglected soon become unsightly and create the opposite effect to that which was intended when the shrubs were planted.
  11. When flowers are planted at a grave site, they must be planted next to the headstone on the side toward the grave. Bark is not to be used.
  12. We encourage participation by parishioners and relatives of deceased parishioners to help beautify the cemetery grounds through the proper use of trees, shrubs and flowers within our guidelines and regulations.
  13. Our intention is to enhance and preserve the beauty of the cemetery grounds. Therefore, we trust all will understand that it will be necessary, on occasion, for our workers to remove some of those items (trees, shrubs, flowers). That may occur in situations where the location of planted shrubs and flowers hampers mowing, where adequate maintenance of shrubs and flowers ceases or where trees have been planted in a location or of a species that is contrary to our regulations.

These regulations replace any previously in place for these matters and are effective from June 21, 1996 onwards.