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Issue 4 June 2011

Dear Reader

Who could believe after such a wet winter that we are now facing a summer drought! A few months ago we were knee deep in mud and now we are falling down the cracks in the ground. Come rain or shine we will endeavour to ensure Forest Park is always maintained to the highest standards throughout the year and the feedback we receive from families and visitors supports this.

I am happy to announce the appointment of Joe Claxton as a new member of the Forest Park team. He will be overseeing many of the funeral services as well as other duties around the cemetery & crematorium. Joe is new to this role and I am pleased he is demonstrating the high level of commitment and dedication required for such an important position.

Our new 'Garden of Memories' has a variety of cremation memorial plots ranging from classic rose bushes and wall tablets to living and contemporary memorials such as trees and mini graves. This area has already proved to be very popular with families wishing to have a dedicated plot at Forest Park and is maturing nicely. If you require any information on cremation memorials please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Jason King Manager

Christmas Remembrance Service

We will be holding our annual Christmas Remembrance Service in our chapel
on Wednesday 7th December at 6pm
We hope this service will assist all those who are bereaved to reflect and remember their loved ones at this time of the year. The service this year will be conducted by the staff at Forest Park and will consist of poems, words of comfort, popular carols and prayers of remembrance.

The service will last approximately 45 minutes. Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you. Please be aware of the limited seating space in the chapel and standing may be required.

Please call into the office or phone 020 8501 2236 for further information.


Last year we laid out our new lawn and traditional section 'Forest Meadow' which overlooks Hainault Forest and to-date over fifty plots have been purchased.

Earlier this year landscaping continued on the section which saw the planting of over 100 conifer trees. The new trees are planted along the boundary, beside the existing railings and this creates a more secluded area that is pleasantly screened from the outside world.

Future work is planned and this will include completion of the vehicle layby and grounds improvements.

New headstones are already appearing following recent burials and these can be arranged through our office. If you would like any information regarding memorials on 'Forest Meadow' or anywhere in the cemetery please ask a member of staff who will be happy to help you.

DID YOU KNOW? Grave conditions

  • When a grave has been backfilled it will take many months, even years for the plot to fully settle, dependant on weather & soil conditions.
  • If a full memorial (headstone & kerbs) is desired it is advised to leave the grave for a minimum of 12 months.
  • Full memorials may sink slightly, even after this period and those purchased from Forest Park will be levelled at no charge for two years after fitting.
  • Initial sinking can cause a severe drop in soil levels and create a hole. It is appreciated this can be upsetting for families to see. We are aware of these and will attend to them with heavy soil at the earliest convenience.
  • Forest Park soil is Clay and graves will consist of large lumps until they have settled and been grassed over.
  • When a grave is excavated it may be larger than the plot size to allow for shoring. To maintain the grounds and the appearance of the cemetery the actual size is always 6'6” x 2'6” and this cannot be exceeded by owners.

Barkingside Cemetery
Following several problems over recent years with the water taps in the cemetery it has been decided complete replacement is required as opposed to endless repairs. The old water system of lead pipes possibly dating back to when the cemetery opened in the early 1920's is leaking in many areas and as a result the water had to be turned off which we appreciate is inconvenient to visitors. Work on installing new pipes and taps is due to start very shortly.

Buckingham Road
Work is due to commence on cleaning and repainting all the old railings at Buckingham Road Cemetery and the adjacent St Mary's Church. This work has been organised by Forest Park who have already invested a large amount of resources in improving the condition of the cemetery over the years. We are working in conjunction with the National Probation Service to carry out this work. It is fitting that a cemetery that has been blighted by crime is being restored with the help of the probation service who are providing the labour.

Who's Who at Forest Park?

mike mocock MICK MOCOCK

A very familiar face at Forest Park is Mick who is regularly seen out and about in the grounds and is very well liked by colleagues and visitors alike. Mick started work at Redbridge over 20 years ago and transferred to Forest Park in 2005. Mick has a wealth of experience in all aspects of burial, cremation and grounds maintenance and his commitment to his work has helped establish Forest Park as a high quality cemetery & crematorium.

For some time now, families have asked if they could pay at more regular intervals on their current cremation memorial plot, avoiding the need for a lump sum payment at the end of the lease term.

In response to this we are pleased to now offer a 'protected lease scheme' whereby you can add to the lease of your memorial, such as a tree or family garden, in advance, on an annual basis.

The scheme also helps us retain up to date contact details and alleviates the common fear that the memorial may be removed at the end of the lease period should we be unable to contact you.

How does the scheme work?
You would pay an annual lease extension by standing order for a set amount, on or about the same time each year until such time as you cancel. Once you cancel, the lease term currently remaining on the memorial will continue to maturity, at which time you will be offered the opportunity to renew again.

We very much hope this will offer you peace of mind and help ease the potential burden of a lump sum renewal in the future. It also allows you to extend the lease at today's prices thus avoiding the inevitable effect of inflation.

If you would like further information please contact the office and we will send you full details for your consideration.

And finally - PARKING 'BLACK SPOT'!

car park One visitor was so impressed with our display of roses on the bank in the car park that they wanted to take a closer look, a much closer look. One onlooker remarked that it was 'blooming good parking'.


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