The introductory talk by Freiburg's mayor of finances, Stefan Breiter, was followed by a long walk over the 27 ha (66 acres) main cemetery.
It was Elisabeth's wish to be buried in the traditional way.
|Pebble pond and letterbox|
|Within ten years Freiburg's main cemetery has become greener.|
*At Freiburg plots are ”bought” for 15 years. If the burial lease is not renewed, the site is vacated.
|Temporary use for unneeded surfaces: Gardening, pet cemetery, and bees.|
Here Red Baron learned that meadows need Magerböden (poor soils) while the soil at the cemetery is fertile as required for lawns. This is why in one case, peripherally located plots were liberated and alloted to private gardening (Schrebergärten).
In the end, Mr. Leser summarized his talk:
Cemeteries are central places of mourning and remembrance and should remain so!
Present-day societies require multicultural cemeteries meeting the burial needs of different ethnic and religious groups.
Cemeteries will change their appearance by choosing more and more easy-care burials.
Cemeteries must continue to fulfill their function as monofunctional green spaces.