Churchyards have been a focus for our communities for centuries. They are often a haven for wildlife and the Suffolk Wildlife Trust has produced guidance on how to manage your churchyard. 

Suffolk Wildlife Trust Guide to Churchyard Management | PDF

Most churchyards remain open for full burials. Relevant forms and information can be found below. 

Churchyard rules | PDF (size and form of headstones). Headstones that fall outside these rules will require a faculty with no guarantee that permission will be given.

Introduction of a headstone | PDF

Headstone certificate of compliance | PDF

Completion Notices | PDF

Guidance for PCCs planning areas for cremated remains | PDF 

Dogs in churchyards | PDF

Lichens and plants in churchyards - Suffolk Wildlife Trust guidance | PDF

Toilets in churchyards | PDF

Unsafe Memorials in churchyards | PDF

Gravespace Let | DOCX

Gravespace Petition | DOCX


Some PCCs allow individuals to reserve gravespaces. Details on this can be found below. Please note that this is currently not allowed due to the Coronavirus.

Guidance to reserve gravespaces | DOCX



Please contact the DAC Secretary James Halsall for more information.