Burials and Grave Types
At our cemeteries, we offer a variety of grave types to suit the needs of the bereaved. We would encourage you to visit the cemetery to assist you in making an informed choice of grave type. If you would like to arrange to meet a member of staff to look around either of the cemeteries, please contact us on the number shown below.
Our grave plots are available to purchase in advance or alternatively you can purchase a plot at the time of need.
Burials can take place between 9.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. (2.30 p.m. in November, December and January) Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
Lawn graves can accommodate a maximum of three coffins and up to eight sets of cremated remains. The plots are joined to a pre-cast concrete raft on which a memorial can be installed. A gravel channel is provided in front of the concrete raft which can be used for placing memorabilia and flowers. Approximately 6 months after the burial has taken place the grave is made level and seeded. So that the lawn areas can be maintained, nothing is allowed to be placed or planted on the grass around the grave.
Cremated Remains Graves
Cremated remains can be buried in a grave to give you a permanent memorial to visit. We offer three options for the burial of cremated remains:
(a) Lawn Section - After the burial has taken place the grass is put back onto the plot. These plots adjoin a pre-cast concrete raft on which a memorial can be installed. A gravel channel is provided in front of the concrete raft which can be used for memorabilia and flowers. So that the lawn areas can be maintained, nothing is allowed to be placed or planted on the grass around the grave. There is space for up to a maximum four interments of cremated remains, depending on the size of the container.
(b) Flat Plaque Section – A flat plaque memorial can be placed on top of the interred container(s). The plaque will be flush with the surrounding grass area. There is space for up to a maximum four interments of cremated remains, depending on the size of the container.
(c) Burial in Existing Lawn Grave - A maximum of eight containers, depending on their size and remaining available burial space, may be interred in an existing lawn grave.
These graves provide a living memorial in an attractive, ecologically managed meadow area. Grass cutting is carried out a maximum of twice per year and natural plants and flowers are encouraged. We ask that coffins used in this area are made of readily bio-degradable materials or that the body be wrapped in a simple shroud. We prefer that chemicals are not used in preparing the body. No memorials, tributes or markers are allowed in this area. The grave position will be recorded electronically.
Babies & Children's Graves
There are baby and child burial plots at both cemeteries which are available for parents that have recently lost a child. Children up to the age of 17 years may be buried in these areas. For babies up to one month old, the burial is free of charge.
Scattering of Cremated Remains (Woodland Areas)
Cremated remains are scattered beneath the turf. In order to preserve the aesthetic appearance of the woodland as a natural area, no memorabilia or headstones are permitted. An approximate location of cremated remains scattered in the woodland areas will be recorded.
These graves are provided for people who cannot or do not want to buy the Exclusive Right of Burial for a grave plot. The family of the deceased will have a period of five years during which they may purchase the Exclusive Right of Burial. After this period, we may bury another unrelated person in the same grave. All rights over the grave are retained by the Council and no memorial may be placed on the grave until the Exclusive Right of Burial and Right to Erect a Memorial has been purchased.
All initial bookings for burials must first be made to Bereavement Services either by telephone or in person, and confirmed in writing as soon as possible thereafter using the Council's Notice of Interment form. The Notice of Interment must be delivered to the Council Offices by 10:00 a.m. at least two clear working days before the day of burial. No interment will take place unless the completed Notice of Interment form has been received.
Telephone: (01902) 696111