The Sydney Morning Herald has an article about Waverley Cemetery and other Sydney cemeteries that have become a haven for birds, foxes, and other wildlife and also tourist destination. The article is a response to Cemeteries & Crematoria NSW (CCNSW) recent publication " Voluntary Code of Practice for Cemetery Maintenance", which we reported & republished here.
CCNSW said "the state's 990 sites – including 128 in Sydney – are more than places to bury, cremate and remember those who have died.They have become havens for wildlife, tourist destinations, heritage sites and public spaces for walking and cycling."
To encourage more visitors, CCNSW has launched a voluntary code urging operators to make them welcoming, serviceable, accessible and sustainable.
For example, Rookwood Cemetery, the largest in the southern hemisphere, has become a tourist destination in its own right.
Castlereagh General Cemetery near Cranebrook has one of the oldest undisturbed burial grounds in Australia. It includes a small population of an endangered pea-flower shrub named Dillwynia tenuifolia.
The cemetery is also situated on the only surviving remnant of the town of Castlereagh, one of five towns planned by Governor Macquarie more than 200 years ago.
According to a report by CCNSW, planting on grave tops at Waverley has increased the habitat areas for small lizards and other ground dwelling species, increasing the ‘green’ footprint and decreasing runoff and erosion.