...Churchyards, both rural and urban, are unique and special places; for people, wildlife and history. As such we have an important duty of care to them...
Churchyards hold special importance as places of:
- community history
- heritage, and
- wildlife conservation.
For these reasons, there are rules governing the appropriateness of memorials and alterations within churchyards.
- Any significant work in a churchyard requires a faculty(link through to page on faculties) from the Diocese.
- Planning permission from the council is also likely for any building work, work involving drainage, landscaping, the laying or altering of paths.
- Alterations to any separately listed structure, such as a lychgate or monument, would require listed building consent.
- If the churchyard is within a Conservation Area, the appropriate consent will also need to be sought.
- Any works involving trees will also need permission if the tree is subject to a Tree Preservation Order or in a Conservation Area
Who to Contact
For further help and advice do not hesitate to contact:
Mr Ian Dodd
The Old Palace
firstname.lastname@example.org / 01227 478390
Useful links and resources
- Kent God's Acre Project - launched in 2010. It provides advice, training, tools and support for churches to encourage wildlife diversity in their churchyards.
- www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk - national organisation working for the conservation and enhancement of churchyards and burial grounds