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Looking after a grave

The grave and its condition remains the responsibility of the owner for the time that they have the exclusive right of burial.

After the burial has been completed, the council will top up the grave for the first six months. It is advisable not to place anything on the grave during this time, as it may restrict the council from doing this.

If, after this time, the grave has sunk and is dangerous, the council can continue to top up the grave but this may require the owner to pay a fee.


  • Flowers and small shrubs or slow-growing plants may be planted
  • Plants need to be watered regularly
  • Do not plant shrubs which may be poisonous or contain thorns
  • Do not plant trees or large shrubs which extend beyond the grave as it will make further burials more difficult


  • Only authorised vehicles are allowed in the cemeteries. However, people who are unable to carry heavy materials might need to get vehicles close to the graves. In the event this is the case, drive slowly and carefully, give way to all pedestrians, do not block roads or paths and make sure all other users can pass easily.
  • When stopping on a narrow roadway, unload and then move the car to an area where other vehicles can easily pass.
  • Do not park on the grass as there may be hidden graves underneath. Cars should be locked, making sure that any valuables are safe.
  • Give way and be patient for any funeral that may be taking place, as these take priority.