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Cemetery rules and safety

We ask all visitors to respect our cemeteries and other visitors, and stick to certain rules to help make our cemeteries a place of peace and tranquillity.

Cemetery rules

When visiting our cemeteries and tending to a loved one's grave, please:

  • show respect for the grounds and other visitors, and keep your voice at a normal volume
  • put rubbish in the bins provided
  • keep dogs on a lead at all times, and pick up (and properly dispose of) any dog poo
  • do not use all-terrain vehicles
  • follow our rules on memorials:
    • traditional graves - items must only be placed in the designated grave space / kerb set (no items can be placed outside of this area)
    • lawn graves - no items can be placed in the lawn area (to help us with maintenance like grass cutting)
    • woodland / meadowland graves - no items can be placed on these graves, to help us maintain the natural environment
  • be aware that we can remove items placed outside of the grave area without telling you first
  • use a council-approved stonemason to install a headstone

We comply with the Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977 and guidance from the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) in our management of cemeteries.

Items which are not allowed

The following items are not allowed in our cemeteries:

  • banners
  • balloons
  • wind chimes
  • scarecrows or 'scary' figures like ghosts
  • alcohol containers or items
  • artificial lighting or audible devices or toys
  • trellising, pergolas, gazebos, etc.
  • lawn edging or fencing, artificial turf, and gravel

Some items may be allowed in our baby grave sections, if you have our permission first. Contact Bereavement Services to find out more.

Public spaces protection order

A public spaces protection order (PSPOs) is in place in our cemeteries to protect the public and our staff. If you break the rules of the PSPO, you may be prosecuted.

When in our cemeteries:

  1. You must keep dogs on a lead (with a maximum length of 2 metres) at all times, and remove all dog poo immediately.
  2. You must not use, or encourage others to use, threatening, insulting, or abusive words or behaviour.
  3. You must not gather in a group of more than three people where the group's behaviour causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm, or distress.
  4. You must not be drunk, drink alcohol, or bring in open containers of alcohol.
  5. You must not be under the influence of drugs, or bring in any drugs (except medicine prescribed by a medical professional).
  6. You must not threaten, intimidate, or use violence against, any other person.
  7. You must not light a fire or attempt to light a fire, or encourage any other person to light, or attempt to light, a fire.

You can read the full PSPO for cemeteries for more information.

Abusive behaviour

We take a zero-tolerance approach to abuse of our staff or members of the public. We will take action if we think a visitor's behaviour is inappropriate, intimidating, harassing, abusive, or anti-social. This could include an initial warning, a final warning, and a banning order for at least a month. We reserve the right to involve organisations like the police in cases of extreme, or repeated, bad behaviour. This could result in more serious action being taken, for example a criminal investigation, an application for a civil injunction, or a fine.

For more information about acceptable behaviour in cemeteries, please check the cemetery rules of management or contact Bereavement Services.