Parks, crematorium and cemeteries
Cemeteries grass cutting
Last updated: 17 July
We have a dedicated team of 20 grounds maintenance staff who cut the grass in our five cemeteries: Charlton, Greenwich, Eltham, Plumstead and Woolwich.
Specific areas of the cemeteries are managed as conservation areas and since their creation over 10 years ago, they have successfully encouraged wildflowers and wildlife in our cemeteries. We only leave areas to grow around graves that no longer have registered next of kin, however if you think the grass around a grave that you visit is too overgrown, then please contact us on email@example.com or call 020 8856 0100.
Normally the team aims to work a regular cutting programme so that all areas of our cemeteries are cut once a month.
However due to lower staff levels, following the outbreak of COVID-19, normal grass cutting schedules could not be maintained. To help catch up, the grounds maintenance team are now working hard to cut the grass and working extra hours.
The team is also trialling a new strimmer head, which will help cut the grass between graves and help minimise grass cuttings spreading onto the memorial stones.
Parks grass cutting
We have a dedicated team of 26 staff who deal with grounds maintenance tasks in our parks and this includes the grass cutting.
The team has worked hard to ensure all parks have had a minimum of two cuts in the past month. They are also working additional hours to ensure the popular areas in parks have a standardised cut to create easy access for park users, whether walking their dog, exercising, playing or walking.
Playgrounds and sports equipment
In line with Government guidance, park sports will start to resume, starting with recreational cricket from 11 July.
Clubs will need to provide risk assessments detailing how they will comply with Government and sport’s governing body guidance regarding Coronavirus to ensure safe play.
Other grass sports, including; football and rugby and changing rooms will remain closed pending further government and sport’s governing body guidance.
Most Bowling Greens will be allowed to reopen from Saturday 11 July but must be used in compliance with Government and Bowls England guidance regarding Coronavirus to ensure safe play, however pavilions will remain closed except for access to the toilets during play. Well Hall Pleasaunce Bowling Green will remain closed as repairs are required to the playing surface.
Most toilets are open. See a full list of open toilets.
Litter and bins
If you do visit your local green space, please respect it and take all litter away with you. Due to reduced staff and increased demand it is much harder to empty all the park bins as frequently.
All car parking at our parks are now open.
Blackheath, Eltham Park South, Maryon Park, Altash Gardens, Bostall Gardens, Fairy Hill Park, Kidbrooke Green and Plumstead Common tennis courts are now open.
Crematorium and cemeteries
Following government guidelines we are now reopening the borough's cemeteries for pedestrian access and mourners only. The car parks will still be closed.
Eltham Cemetery grounds is open on weekdays and weekends, from 8am to 4pm.
We are also now allowing 20 mourners to attend funerals rather than our previous number of five, but they must follow distancing rules as outlined on this page.
Woolwich, Charlton, Plumstead and Greenwich cemeteries will be closed at 4pm each day. This arrangement will be kept under constant review, and maybe subject to change with little or no notice, given the changing nature of the current situation.
Read more about what happens when someone dies during the coronavirus crisis.