Since the ban on the use of spraying agents for local authorities, Oosterzele decided to approach green maintenance in the public domain in a different way. The maintenance-friendly design of cemeteries was an important part of this. In the meantime, the Groendienst has gained a lot of experience with the nature-friendly maintenance of burial grounds. The time is therefore ripe to reorganize the Gijzenzele cemetery.
After a walk with mayor Johan Van Durme, councilor Maaike Afschrift of Groen Oosterzele came up with the idea of creating a green passageway between Sint-Bavoplein and the cemetery. After consultation with the mayor, the church factory has agreed to the plans of the municipality. There will be a two-track path to connect those locations. This will make the cemetery easier for visitors and maintenance services to reach. There are also plans to reduce the rectory garden and enlarge the cemetery. This ensures that the death house fits better with the whole and can be renovated. The intention is to transform the building into a covered farewell space.
‘The result will be a quiet, green and functional cemetery,’ says mayor Johan Van Durme. (mvdv, photos ddl)