Lawn graves (Sections A, AX, B, C, D, F, FCR, M, MU, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z)
The grave is leased for 50 years or 75 years. Lawn graves have a simple appearance and are mown regularly throughout the growing season. A lawn style headstone can be erected at the head of the grave, which then allows a garden space with a maximum size of 1.22 meters (4 feet) in width by 0.46 meter (18 inches) in length. The remaining area is grassed over, this must be kept clear at all times. When the graves have settled we turf the area over, this is usually carried out between October and March.
Cremated remains grave (Section FCR)
The graves are leased for 25 years or 40 years. There is maximum of six interments per grave. They are similar to lawn graves but are smaller. Lawn style headstones can be erected at the head of the grave, which then allows a garden space with a maximum size of 1.22 meters (4 feet) in width by 0.46 meter (18 inches) in length. The remaining area is grassed over, this must be kept clear at all times.
Semi-lawn graves (Sections E, G, H, J, O, P, N, R)
This allows a headstone at the head of the grave with a garden space with a maximum size: 0.76 metre (2 feet 6 inches) wide by 1.52 metres (5 feet) in length, this is left for planting bedding flowers or small shrubs.
We welcome garden spaces in front of the headstones of graves; the rest of the grave will be grassed over. Having a garden space is optional and if you decide to have one, the family and the grave owner are responsible for taking care of the space. If you decide not to have a garden space, we can turf over the area. The rest of the grave will be grassed over. We ask that this area remains clear so that we can maintain and cut the grass and areas around each grave.
Restricted items on garden spaces
Our cemeteries are well kept thanks to the help from grave owners. To make sure that our cemeteries continue to be tranquil places to visit, we have to restrict the way graves are kept. There are some items that we ask grave owners and family members to refrain from placing on or around their grave space mainly for safety reason but also to ensure that our cemeteries are kept pleasant and attractive.
Unfortunately, we have to remove restricted items from graves so if you have any questions about the way you are maintaining your grave space, please feel free to contact us with any questions. A selection of restricted items are listed below.
- Solar lights
Public grave (Section K)
For people who do not want a private grave, we provide public grave spaces. Each grave accommodates four unrelated burial and the cemeteries service will decide who is to be buried in each grave. Because public graves are available to any person, the same grave can not be reserved for their family members.
People are welcome to arrange for a headstone to be added to a public grave with three lines of inscription for each burial. If we receive a request for a headstone, we will get in touch with each family who has a loved one buried in a public grave and ask for a contribution towards the cost of the headstone.
Although the cemetery does not purchase the headstone, it remains the property of the cemetery who coordinate any requests for inscriptions between the families whose love ones are buried in the public grave. Public graves do not have garden spaces, they are grassed over and kept clear so that we can maintained the grave and area around it.
Information leaflets on grave types
Tel: 020 3876 8806