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Maintenance of grounds

The maintenance of the grounds goes on throughout the year but there may be times when the grounds look untidy. If anyone is concerned, about this, they should contact the council using the details below.

When the council is digging graves, it will sometimes have to place soil and equipment on top of graves near to the excavation. Staff take precautions and a platform protecting the grave below is built before soil is put on top. It is impractical to remove all soil and they try to leave everything neat and tidy within a short time of any burial. The council apologises if this affects you and there is a chance that it will affect most people visiting the cemetery at some stage, particularly where there are full-sized memorials.

While visiting the cemeteries

  • keep well away from staff when they are working and away from any open grave or excavation
  • do not pass through any area that has been cordoned off
  • do not remove any warning signs or safety markings, even if they are on the grave you are caring for
  • no dogs (apart from guide dogs)
  • no cycling or skateboarding
  • no radios or amplified music
  • no drinking of alcohol
  • no dumping of trade or household waste or fly tipping
  • no access after the hours of dusk or when the cemetery gates are locked
  • water from the stand pipes is for use in the cemeteries only — filling up tanks for use elsewhere is not allowed
  • children under 16 must be kept under the direct supervision of a responsible adult at all times
  • the soil, turf, conifers, trees, shrubs, flowers or plants must not be cut, pruned or removed by any unauthorised person
  • keep to the roads and paths where possible - there may be hidden obstructions or sunken graves among the grass
  • note the various signs, which give additional important information, such as changes to opening times