Landscaping completes at new Muslim cemetery

Blakedown Landscapes Operations has completed the hard and soft landscaping works at the new Five Oaks Muslim Cemetery.

The site of the Five Oaks cemetery. Image: Blakedown
The site of the Five Oaks cemetery. Image: Blakedown

Once an open grassland area, the 5.25ha site has been used to build a cemetery containing 5,000 plots. The nearby Gardens of Peace Cemetery is almost full, resulting in the need for an extra burial space.

Chartered surveyors Burr and Neve appointed Blakedown to undertake the project which included the ground remodelling and soil screening, drainage, construction of roads and car parks. Works commenced with the clearance of vegetation, fencing and rubbish. Ground modelling and excavation works created a level site and with the addition of storm, foul and land drainage systems the area became usable for burials.

Soft landscaping included tree planting, wildflower grassland seeding, ornamental shrub planting and native shelter belt establishment. A 1.8m perimeter fence was installed and lighting bollards provided along the road sides.

Extensive construction works involved the creation of access roads with macadam surfacing. Block paving was laid around the building's to create new paths and two shoe clean areas were also built.

Car parks were made using grasscrete with stone drainage blanket, plastic grids all top soiled and grass seeded.

The cemetery entrance was constructed using ornate metal railings with double electric gates, brick piers with capping stones along with a new concrete floored compound enclosed by timber fencing and gates.

Blakedown Landscape Operations will also begin work this month on the creation of a linear park for Bradford Metropolitan District Council as part of an urban regeneration scheme.

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