Like the church building and its contents, any significant work in the churchyard requires a faculty.

NEW MEMORIALS

The Chancellor often delegates authority to allow new memorials (headstones or plaques) to the minister, within certain guidelines, by means of the diocesan Churchyard Memorial Regulations 2018 (see below). These Regulations, approved by the Chancellor after consultation with the DAC, aim to ensure that any new memorials respect their surroundings, harmonise with existing memorials, and enhance the character of the church or churchyard in question. Sometimes they arise from the resolution of past difficulties. Observing them promotes consistency of approach in a churchyard. Every significant work not covered by these regulations, or any memorials which do not comply with them, will require a faculty.

MAINTENANCE OF MEMORIALS

For information on how to care for churchyard memorials and monuments including repairs, cleaning, condition surveys and risk assessments please see the detailed guidance on the Historic England website page Caring for Historic Cemetery and Graveyard Monuments.

RESERVATION OF BURIAL PLOTS

The reservation of a space for the burial of a body or cremated remains requires a faculty, obtained from the Diocesan Registry. Application forms and details of fees can be found on their webpage here: https://www.luptonfawcett.com/sectors/ecclesiastical/faculty-matters/

MAINTENANCE, LANDSCAPING OR BUILDING WORK IN THE CHURCHYARD

The maintenance of the churchyard may also be affected by secular jurisdiction. Planning permission should be obtained for any new building work, work involving drainage, landscaping, the laying or altering of paths etc.

TREES

For information on how to look after churchyard trees, please see the guidance notes at the bottom of this page. If you looking for an accredited arboriculturalist, you will find the Arboricultural Association's Approved Contractor Directory helpful: https://www.trees.org.uk/ARB-Approved-Contractor-Directory

Any works involving trees will also need local authority permission if the tree is subject to a Tree Preservation Order or is in a Conservation Area.

ARCHAEOLOGY

Any work with archaeological implications, such as digging drains, repairing monuments or tree removal, will require careful consideration and an Archaeological Watching Brief (AWB) may be required as a condition of any consent given for the works.

If any part of the church or churchyard is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, whether above or below ground, then the appropriate consent should be sought before any work commences. You can search for SAMs on the National Heritage List for England HERE.

The national archaeological standard for memorial recording produced by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) can be found on the Discovering England's Burial Spaces website: http://www.debs.ac.uk/

SITES OF SPECIAL SCIENTIFIC INTEREST

Other statutory protection measures which may affect a churchyard include the designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which may prohibit certain site-specific operations.

[Page updated 9th May 2022]