We provide a maintenance service for graves including:
- turfing or re-turfing grave spaces
- forming or reforming garden areas on graves
- planting grave spaces with spring and summer flowers (including spring bulbs) and maintaining the garden space throughout the year
As the grave owner you are responsible for the maintenance of the memorial or headstone.
You are advised to take out an appropriate insurance that will cover all eventualities such as accidental damage, vandalism, theft, graffiti and storm damage.
You are also responsible for the upkeep of your memorial to ensure that it remains in a safe condition for the life of the exclusive right of burial term.
Stonemasons must be on our Register of Memorial Masons before they can work within our cemeteries.
Headstone inspections are carried out on an ongoing basis. Testing is important to make sure that anyone who visits, or works in our cemeteries or closed churchyards, is safe.
Inspection and testing
The headstone inspection process is managed as a five year rolling programme using a phased approach. Cemeteries and churchyards have been categorised into different phases. All headstone memorials will be inspected and where necessary we will take the appropriate steps to ensure it is safe.
Why are we carrying out headstone inspections?
Some headstones in our cemeteries and closed churchyards are aged and in poor structural condition. This may have the potential to affect public safety. We must carry out inspections to check headstones are safe and do not present a hazard or danger to members of the public, visitors, contractors or staff.
Safety and inspections
We aim to test memorials every five years, to identify any that are at risk of falling. This is for the safety of everyone who visits or works in our cemeteries and closed churchyards. The inspections are carried out by fully trained staff.
If a memorial is identified as unsafe we will contact its owner. If we can't identify the current owner, we will contact the last named person responsible for the grave or headstone if the information held is less than 20 years old. If we don't get a response, we will take the necessary action to make the memorial safe.
Please contact us if you have any queries about the inspection of a headstone belonging to a loved one in any of our cemeteries, or if you have concerns over a headstone that you suspect is unsafe.
Tel: 020 3876 8806