St. Margaret’s Cemetery - Spring Clean Up

Beginning May 1, 2018, the City of Fernie will be performing landscape maintenance and a spring cleanup at the St. Margaret’s Cemetery. We kindly request that visitors refrain from walking on freshly seeded areas of land around newer grave sites and cemetery lawns.

Part of the spring cleanup will include the removal of grave site decorations that have been damaged during the winter months, such as silk flowers and glass vases. Broken glass and ceramic vases can pose a safety hazard to both cemetery visitors and city workers performing landscaping maintenance. Un-damaged vases will be collected and stored by the cemetery’s maintenance shed for recovery.

The City requests that the public refrain from using vases made of glass and ceramic for grave site decoration. Cemetery Bylaw No.1999, Section 11 outlines the regulations for grave site decoration as follows:

(a) Cut or artificial flowers, wreaths and floral offerings may be placed on plots but may be removed by the Caretaker when their appearance is deemed by the Caretaker to be detrimental to the appearance of the Cemetery. Any non-conforming offerings, wreaths, flowers, fencings, curbs or other devices will be removed by the City at the end of each working day.

(b) Where continual concrete strips or concrete bases are provided, cut flowers, wreaths, and offerings shall only be placed on the concrete portions of the grave.

(c) No person shall plant, remove, cut down or destroy any trees, shrubs, plants, flowers, bulbs or rocks in the Cemetery other than an employee of the City authorized to do so by the Caretaker.

Thank you for your cooperation. More information about the St. Margaret’s Cemetery is available here.