LISBURN City Council has purchased sixteen preformed modular graves to assess the viability of using the system more widely in cemeteries to allow more burials.
Each modular unit is installed in the ground and can accommodate four caskets or up to 20 urns for cremated remains.
The council believes the system could help with the growing problem of finding suitable land for graves.
The Chairman of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, Councillor Andrew Ewing, speaking about the new system, said: “The Council has purchased these modular grave units to provide increased capacity at its existing cemetery as these systems guarantee four burials per grave in comparison to the current two and can potentially be deployed to bring sloping ground into use.
“The modular grave systems are sustainable and comprised of recyclable products. Family members can choose from one of four different maintenance free coverings - synthetic grass, pebbles, resin bonded stone finish or marble.
“Lisburn City Council is the first in the United Kingdom to utilise this type of product and it will provide advice and assistance to other local authorities considering how to increase the capacity of their cemeteries.
“These modular grave units will allow the Council to extend the utilisation of its cemeteries; and therefore will assist in its provision of an essential service to its ratepayers,” he concluded.
The Council are currently selling eight of the sixteen units to members of the public who wish to purchase a grave at Lisburn New Cemetery Extension at Blaris. If you would like further information please contact the Registration Office on 028 9250 9262.