Royal Oak Burial Park Stone
Monument Slabs at Royal Oak Burial Park

LEES+Associates was delighted to work with Vancouver-based monument builder and sculptor, Dan Bellan, on the latest expansion area at Royal Oak Burial Park, in Victoria B.C.

The design team collaborated with Dan on the design, placement and refinement of monumental slabs of Vancouver Island white marble that are the key features at the cemetery’s new “BIRCH” and “MAGNOLIA” Sections.

Cemetery
‘Looming crisis’ as cemeteries across Canada run out of space

“We’re running out of room because, as I characterize cemeteries, they’re the forgotten landscape, they’re the forgotten land use,” he said. “We’ve managed to, on the whole, build healthy cities with good infrastructure and downtown cores and housing…but we’ve really neglected the importance of remembrance and places of grief and mourning.”

Erik Lees was a guest on CTV News last month to discuss the issue of cemeteries running out of space.

Denman Island Natural Burial Cemetery
Discussions: What is Green Burial? [Audio]

What is Green Burial:

Known under many names, including “natural burial,” “eco-burial,” “woodland burial,” and “country burial,” green burial is rooted in minimising the impact of human burial on the environment. While the level of “greenness” varies, in practice, a green burial is considered to have at least two of the following pillars:

Does not include embalming;

Okotoks Cemetery Land Needs Assessments
What We Do: Cemetery Needs Assessments

LEES+Associates has undertaken a range of “Needs Assessments” for communities across Canada. The examined criteria for social need varies significantly in breadth and depth. Generally, our needs assessments have included a comprehensive review of a municipality or region’s expected demand for cemetery and crematorium services over 25 to 50 years and compared it to the available supply and quality of service in the community.

Adam Rogerson
Adam Rogerson Joins LEES+Associates

We’re very excited to welcome Adam Rogerson to the LEES+Associates team!

With remarkable experience working in the cemetery industry and a keen interest in sustainable design, Adam is committed to the effective integration of sustainable practices in cemetery planning and design. He also spent time abroad as an intern studying the impact of tourism on sensitive coastal ecosystems in the Caribbean.

Happy Holidays!

Our offices will be closed over the holidays through January 2nd 2017, reopening on Tuesday January 3rd. Happy holidays from all of us at LEES+Associates and best wishes for 2017

Green Burial and Sustainability

The December edition of Ground, the periodical published by the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA), included an article exploring green burial and the concept of sustainability within the bereavement sector.

“Green Burial and Sustainability” by Katie Strang, includes perspectives on this topic from Catriona Hearn,

In New Orleans with the ASLA

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) held its annual meeting and expo in New Orleans recently. Billed as the largest gathering of landscape architecture professionals and students in the world, this year’s events included several education sessions and tours, workshops, networking and a large exhibition.

In October, Catriona and Anezka from our team attended the conference,