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Graves and headstones

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Types of graves

Traditional grave

A grave where a larger memorial with kerb set can be installed. A kerb set surrounds the grave, and the centre of the kerb set can be planted with flowers, filled with stone chippings, or covered with a matching slab.

Lawn grave

A grave with a headstone. The grave is covered with grass, which we'll cut regularly.

Woodland burial/grave

A green burial option, which uses eco-friendly coffins. A tree is planted at the grave spot. Headstones and memorials are not allowed for a woodland burial, so we can keep a natural burial area.

Not all grave options are available in every cemetery. Find a cemetery to see which graves are available there. Unfortunately we do not allow graves to be purchased in advance.

If you're a grave owner, it's important to make sure that we have the right contact details for you, in case we need to get in touch.

Headstones, memorials, and grave personalisation

A loved one's grave is a special place, and many people find comfort in tending to the grave as an act of care and respect. We encourage this, and only ask that when caring for your grave you do so within your grave area only, and respect the regulations of your grave type (traditional or lawn).

You may want to have a headstone installed. Headstones can be installed or repaired in any of our cemeteries, but your chosen stonemason must be registered with one of two professional organisations: National Association of Memorial Masons or British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons. Your chosen stonemason can make sure the memorial meets the requirements for your grave type, and make the application.

You may want to personalise your grave area, for example with flowers or small ornaments. If you'd like to do this, please make sure you follow the guidance:

  • lawn graves - items must only be placed in the headstone area, and must not encroach on the lawn/grass area.
  • traditional graves - items must only be placed within the kerb set of the grave.

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