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 Letter | DOCX

Gravespace Petition | DOCX


Some PCCs allow individuals to reserve gravespaces. Details on this can be found below. 

Guidance to reserve gravespaces | DOCX



Please contact the DAC Secretary Charlotte Hodgson for more information.

Page last updated: 22nd June 2021 3:33 PM