Totara Memorial Park Cemetery.
At Totara, it was great to see that several of the old graves had recently been cleaned. Inspired by this, I tried to tidy a couple. With a soft brush, surplus moss and dirt was easy to remove from the large concrete plots in the oldest section. It was soon apparent that a proposed 'Friends of the Cemetery' group could soon work wonders tidying up the plots at the surrounding cemeteries. Fingers crossed this happens soon, its been a longtime in the planning.
Even nature was doing her best to brighten some old graves, with groups of autumn flowers adding a colourful addition to many old plots.
A quick visit to the point at Tararu was next on the agenda. Graeme P (who cares tirelessly for Tararu and Shortland) had mentioned the fence had been completed, the photographs below show clearly what a grand construction it is.
The entrance to Tararu Cemetery lower right, the cemetery above centre.
A closer look at the road up to the Tararu Cemetery. Top centre spot the steps handrail, then on the left you can see the fence that now runs across the western face of the cemetery grounds.
The Tararu Cemetery - the steps (right) and fence running along the centre of the photograph.
Now you can see what I mean...the great wall of Tararu. Hopefully this makes the area a much safer place to visit, as it really is one of Thames' greatest treasures.
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