Nazeing Churchyard

Bluebells in the Churchyard

Nazeing Churchyard


We recognise how important it is for people to have a place in which they can mourn someone they have loved.  It is natural for people to want to make the grave of their loved one special and personal.

However the churchyard is a public space which is used by many other people, including other mourners.  We need to make sure that the graves are tended in ways that are acceptable to everyone and that they fit in with their surroundings.  It is also important that the churchyard is safe for the people who use it and that as a valuable habitat for wildlife, we do all we can to look after the animals and plants that live in it too.

The Churchyard Regulations published by the Diocese of Chelmsford give clear guidance about how graves are to be cared for.  These rules apply whether or not you have put up a gravestone, so everyone needs to be aware of them.  The most important rules are:


You must not put loose vases, pots, candle holders, lights or any other ornament on a grave.  

Grass should be allowed to grow over the grave.  You may plant a few bulbs or small plants in the grass on a grave but not shrubs or trees.  

You must not put fences or edging of any sort around a grave or put chippings on it.  

Your must not place artificial flowers, cards, windmills or wind-chimes on a grave.

(An exception is made for poppies at the time of Remembrance Sunday and for wreaths at Christmas.)

You must remove the plastic wrapping around flowers if you lay them on a grave.


These rules apply to everyone tending a grave in the churchyard.  The PCC (church council) has the right to remove anything that contravenes them.  You may see other graves with people don’t seem to be abiding by these rules - please don’t assume that this means that you can disregard them too.  It may simply be that we have been unable to speak to the family who care for that grave yet. We all need to work together to keep the Churchyard looking beautiful for everyone and we appreciate your co-operation in this.

For more information and guidance a copy of the Churchyard Handbook may be obtained from The Diocesan Office 01245 294400 or downloaded from the Diocesan Website