Churchyards - both rural and urban - are unique and special places for people, wildlife and history. As such we have an important duty of care towards them.

Image of a verdant churchyardChurchyards hold special importance as places of:

  • community history
  • remembrance
  • heritage
  • wildlife conservation

For these reasons, the Churchyard Regulations 2014 must be consulted regarding memorials and burials (including the interment of ashes).

A faculty needs to be applied for when:

  • Laying a new path
  • Changing the surface of a path from one material to another
  • Introducing a noticeboard
  • Excavations are required
  • Making repairs to memorials

These also require planning permission, and so you're advised to contact the local authority for advice as soon as possible when planning.

Like-for-like repairs to paths, walls, the introduction of a bench and some works to trees require an Archdeacon’s permission (List B), which is obtained via making an application on the Online Faculty System.

When reserving a grave space or introducing a memorial, please contact the church incumbent in the first instance. The Diocesan Registry can provide the forms and further information (020 7593 5148).

Information, support & guidance

For further help and advice, please contact our Care of Churches Officer Edmund Harris (01227 459401).