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Conservation Plan for Addington Cemetery

It is recognised that in a number of cases, particularly with older graves, the descendents of

those buried cannot easily be traced. However, effort should be made, for example through

public notices in the newspaper, to notify families of the intent to carry out major

repair/restoration work.

General Policy 6

Use

Addington Cemetery retains its present use as a ‘closed’ cemetery.

Maintaining the historic and existing use of the cemetery is the

heritage

values. Christchurch City Council is doing this.

General Policy 7

Cultural Objects

best means of retaining

All graves and memorials are to be regarded as important cultural objects and all

conservation work to them, and to the cemetery as a whole, will be undertaken to ensure

the

minimum intervention, yet as much as is needed to ensure their future retention.

In general, the combination of layout, burials, notable graves and other monuments and

surrounds, and original planting range from exceptional to considerable significance in that

they make a critical contribution to the overall significance of Addington Cemetery, as

outlined as Significant Features in section 3.2 of this plan. The retention of these items is

very important.

The boundary fences, replica entrance gate and Baxter’s Drain are of some significance to

the cemetery and there is merit in their retention. The interpretation panels are of some

significance but could be updated if required.

The modern heritage style seating is of neutral significance. Recent plantings are

predominantly of neutral

significance but should be carefully maintained to prevent them

from becoming intrusive. Some recent plantings, such as the rows of Oaks, are considered

intrusive

and should be removed. Wilding plants in the cemetery are generally intrusive,

although

some are neutral such as the Californian poppies.

In order to retain the heritage values of the cemetery as a whole, it is recommended that the

Council follows the policies outlined in Section 5 and carries out implementation

recommendations

in accordance with the examples provided in Appendices 1 and 2.

Fabric or features that are of exceptional to considerable significance should be retained

and conserved. Fabric or features that are of some significance should be retained where

practical and possible. Fabric or features that are neutral or intrusive may be removed if

appropriate or preferred.

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