The ACT Public Cemeteries Authority is asking some Hall residents who hold burial rights to plots in the local cemetery to consider transferring their rights to another plot to help save a rare orchid.
Hall cemetery, the oldest operational cemetery in the ACT, is unique in a number of ways, for example it is a remnant of the original woodland, contains the graves of early pioneers to the district and is the home of rare plant species and communities.
In particular it is the home of a rare tiny orchid, Prasophyllum petilum or Tarengo Leek Orchid.
Because so little is known about the ecology of the orchid the only practical way to ensure that it continues to grow is to remove, as far as possible, anything that has the potential to cause it damage. This means limiting burial activity that results in destruction of habitat for the orchid.