…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
  • remembrance
  • heritage, and
  • wildlife conservation.

For these reasons, there are rules governing the appropriateness of memorials and alterations within churchyards.

For example:


  • Any significant work in a churchyard requires a faculty 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.
  • If the churchyard is within a Conservation Area, the appropriate consent will also need to be sought.
  • Any works involving trees may require permission from the diocese in accordance with the Commissary General’s guidance on trees in churchyards. Permission may also be required from the Local Planning Authority.


Who to Contact

For further help and advice do not hesitate to contact:

Chloe Ewan
Assistant Care of Churches Officer
The Old Palace
The Precincts
CT1 2EE / 01227 459401