Churchyards

Churchyards are important, not only to those whose loved ones might be buried there, but also in establishing the setting of the church and often providing a haven for wildlife.  The monuments, structures and boundaries contained within and enclosing the churchyard are all subject to Faculty Jurisdiction and advice is available to those who are currently maintaining churchyards, or looking to make changes and additions.  As of 1st January 2016 there is new national guidance available on maintaining trees within churchyards. This is available to download below, along with the new Churchyard Regulations and associated forms published in March 2016.

If you have any queries regarding churchyards or memorials please contact us.

Useful Links

  • Caring for God’s Acre – The conservation charity for churchyards and burial grounds.  Lots of ideas and practical advice on looking after and making the most of your churchyard.   www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk/
  • Memorials by artists is a website which helps put people in contact with specialist craftsmen able to create well designed and individual memorials – www.memorialsbyartists.co.uk

 

Downloads

Churchyard Regulations 2015

Churchyard memorial form 2015

Churchyard memorial form PDF 2015

Reservation of gravespace form Word 2015

Reservation of gravespace form PDF 2015

Table Tomb Repairs – Guidance Note

Tidying up memorials – Guidance Note

Health & Safety Advice – EIG Guidance

Trees – A guide on the planting, felling, lopping and topping of trees in churchyards

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