19th century photographs of the Cemetery show that it was originally planted extensively with trees and shrubs. By the 20th century, much of the shrub planting had been lost by an increasing provision of lairs and also the fact the many tree species were reaching maturity. Most of the trees which had survived were, rather than enhancing the site, actually obscuring the monuments and sculptures from view, and tending to mask the very significant message meant by the original landscape design. i.e. the linkage between the Statuary and the water features to the Scots Presbyterian Movement.
The removal of these trees as part of the renovation works and reintroduction of shrub planting in a style appropriate to the original design now enhances the restored monuments and overall provides a respectful setting to this unique Cemetery. Pathways and roads have been restored and resurfaced to reflect the gravel surfaces of the original layout.