Harlington Garden Cemetery (Westoning Road) was opened in July 2002 and is managed by Harlington Parish Council. For a map detailing the location of the Garden Cemetery, please see "Council Office" on this website. The Garden Cemetery is not consecrated and is split into 4 areas:
Burial of Ashes
In the village there is also the Old Cemetery (Lincoln Way), however as the Council's half of this cemetery is now full, all new burials will take place in the Garden Cemetery.
Please use the following link for the current fees schedule but also be aware that all initial arrangements with regards burials must be made via a Funeral Director. Table of fees from 1st April 2015: Click Here
The current rules for Harlington Garden Cemetery are below although they are currently under review and HPC would like to thank everyone who offered an opinion as part of this process. Further details will be published in due course, once agreed, but in the meantime the Finance & General Purposes Committee will be putting the following approach to Full Council on 12th June 2017 for ratification:
Please Click here for an updated copy of the Harlington Garden Cemetery Regulations & Handbook
Finance & General Purposes Committee - 5th June 2017
A review of the Garden Cemetery Handbook and Regulations was undertaken at the meeting held on 5th June 2017 and it was resolved that:
- Cllr Mrs Walsh (Chairman) and the Clerk would look at rewriting the rules so that they were easier to follow and more sympathetic language and would be guided by examples from other cemeteries
- All Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Easter tributes may remain for one week after the event
- A receptacle to be installed at the cemetery for any removed items to be placed for reclaiming for a set period of time.
- A leaflet be created highlighting the main points, for it to be sent to the families of everyone already using the cemetery, published in The Paperchain, on website, Facebook etc. Copies available in the office at all times for those considering options when making funeral arrangements.
- a list of dates would be issued informing as to when the cemetery would be cleared, to enable relatives to remove items beforehand. This would be available on the website, Facebook, cemetery noticeboard and published in The Paperchain.
- a form containing a summary of the rules be created for the family to sign, as acceptance, and which also explains that they will be able to maintain/ tidy their grave and HPC reserved the right to take action if necessary to maintain the cemetery in line with cemetery rules
- Details and sizes for a uniform receptacle will be investigated for putting into the ground in front of the memorial stone in the graves section, however, this is not feasible in the burial of ashes section because of the lack of space. These receptacles will be available from HPC. This will enable a family to plant it or use to hold a potted plant.
- The rules in relation to the Children’s Area to remain unchanged but for it to be screened off from the main area
Other things that would be taken into account and/or investigated would be:
- the wooden crosses to be removed after a set period of time or if left in situ once memorial erected
- consider additional benches being installed by HPC
- establish whether HPC could do anything with the land at the front of the cemetery which was owned by CBC, eg shrubs or trees – possible area for roses – maintained by family
- removal of the flower beds underneath the signage, which are maintained by Harlington in Bloom so signs more obvious and to repair faded sign
- hedge at the front of the cemetery to be cut right down/back so that the cemetery can be seen from the road
- plastics and paper around bouquets of flowers increased risk of being blown off graves and can litter the cemetery which is not particularly environmentally friendly and can endanger wildlife; require that these be removed and wrappings placed in the bins provided
- feedback forms
The above planned approach was put to Full Council on 12th June and ratified. Information will be published and relatives written to, once the rules have been rewritten.
Date: 7th June 2017
Harlington Parish Council
Hand book and Regulations
1. Hours of Opening
The Cemetery is open to the public during daylight hours throughout the year, but the Council reserves the right to exclude the public if it should be necessary on any particular occasion. Such days and hours may be varied by the Council from time to time, notice whereof will be given in the Cemetery.
2. Hours of Burial
Burials shall normally take place on Mondays to Saturdays inclusive. They must not start before 9am.
The time arranged for a burial shall be that of arrival at the graveside. If there is to be a service before the burial, care should be taken to allow sufficient time for its duration and for the journey to the Cemetery.
Burials on a Sunday, Good Friday, Christmas Day, Bank Holiday or any other public holiday will only be permitted in cases of emergency: The certificate of a coroner or registered medical practitioner will be required to confirm that immediate burial is necessary.
3. Notice of Burial
Notice of burial must be given to the Clerk to the Parish Council at least 3 working days prior to the interment. At least two working days (exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, and all public holidays) must elapse between the day on which notice of burial is given and the day of the funeral.
Interments may take place with or without the services of a clergyman or minister of religion.
All information required on the Council’s official form must be provided. Non-English nameplates are permitted on caskets, as long as a translation is provided, in advance, with the Council’s official form.
The plot will remain in the ownership of Harlington Parish Council.
The current scale of fees is available from the Parish Clerk’s office or on the Council’s website: www.harlington.bedsparishes.gov.uk. All charges and fees for interments shall be paid for at the time of the order, unless agreed otherwise. All fees for memorials shall be paid prior to their erection.
5. Cremated Remains
A suitable receptacle containing the ashes of a cremated person may be buried in any part of the Cemetery for which permission has been granted or in a plot measuring 18 inches by 18 inches (450mm) in the Garden of Remembrance. Cremation plots may be used for more than one interment (up to a maximum of 4 caskets).
The Council do not allow the scattering of ashes in any part of the Cemetery.
6. Plot Reservations
The Council will only allow the reservation of a grave space or cremation plot if a member of the family is already buried in HarlingtonGardenCemetery and the plot to be reserved is adjacent to the existing burial. For graves adjacent means continuous sides or corners to an existing burial with a maximum of 4 plots being reserved provided such an adjacent plot is available. For cremation plots it means one adjacent plot as each plot can contain 4 caskets.
7. Criteria for Green Burial
All coffins must be made of either:
recycled cardboard or
a burial shroud made from non man-made fibres or
an untreated woven willow coffin
The body of the deceased must not have been embalmed.
All caskets for ashes must be made of either:
recycled cardboard or
an untreated woven willow casket or
the ashes be placed in a biodegradable bag
The applicant for the interment must be aware that there will be no form of memorial allowed, except for a marker cross of unpreserved timber.
The applicant may plant a shrub or rose bush at the grave. Trees will only be permitted within the perimeter of the Cemetery. Approval for the particular variety of plant or tree must be obtained from the Parish Council prior to purchase and planting.
The area for Green Burial will be maintained in such a way as to encourage growth of wild plants. Relatives should be aware that on occasions the area may appear more like a wild meadow than a lawn type Cemetery.
8. Digging and Depth of Graves
Graves are arranged head to head to allow for future management.
The depth of every grave is controlled by the Council. No grave shall be deepened after the first burial. A layer of at least six inches of earth must be left between each coffin in a double depth grave. No part of any coffin shall be less than three feet below the level of the ground.
The Council does not undertake the digging of ashes plots or graves. Responsibility for this rests with the Undertaker. Grave Diggers must adhere to the Code of Practice for Grave Digging; this safe working procedure applies to all new graves and re-opened graves. No grave shall be dug in the Cemetery until it has been marked by the Council. Undertaker to ensure that the ground is re-turfed and made good within 1 year of the burial.
Permission must be obtained, in advance, for the right to erect a memorial in the GardenCemetery.
A memorial may be either:
a memorial headstone (without kerbs) not exceeding 36” (900mm) in height, 24” (600mm) in width and 4” (100mm) in thickness; or
a flower vase not exceeding 6” (150mm) in height; or
a temporary wooden marker, of a suitable size, permitted until such time as a permanent memorial is erected.
They shall be of natural quarried stone only and shall be erected upon concrete plinths which shall not exceed 36” (900mm) in length, 12” (300mm) in width and 6” (150mm) in thickness.
No other type of memorial will be permitted.
Memorial stones must be erected using an approved, recognised system of fixing, ie National Association of Memorial Masons ground fixing system, traditional shoe foundation or the burial of 1/3rd of the memorial in the earth.
Examples of permitted memorials:
Flat Book Flower vase
Traditional style Small memorial Wooden memorial
Garden of Remembrance
A memorial which may be either:
A stone laid flat, not exceeding 18” by 18” (450mm by 450mm); or
a ‘desk’ stone, not exceeding 18” by 18” (450mm by 450mm); or
a flower vase not exceeding 150mm in height; or
a temporary wooden marker, of a suitable size, permitted until such time as a permanent memorial is erected.
Examples of permitted memorials
Desk stone Flat stone Flower vase
In all cases a drawing of the memorial, showing details of dimensions, inscription (Non-English inscriptions are permitted as long as a translation is provided, in advance, with the Council’s official form)and the design must be submitted to the Parish Council for approval. It is strongly recommended that approval of the design is confirmed by the Parish Council, before any cost is incurred.
Temporary memorials are not allowed other than a wooden marker. No memorial will be admitted until it has been approved and the appropriate fees paid to the Parish Council.
The number of the grave, as shown in the interment book, must be placed on the side of each memorial, in letters not exceeding
No hewing or dressing of stone is permitted in the Cemetery. As far as is practical, all materials should be prepared ready for fixing, prior to arrival at the Cemetery.
All memorials are to be kept clean and in good repair by owners, or their lawful successors. If the owner neglects to comply with this regulation, the Council reserves the right to make safe or remove any memorial after serving due notice to the owner by sending it to his/her last known address and displaying notice of its intention at the Cemetery and publishing it for two successive weeks in a local newspaper.
The Parish Council will not be responsible for damage to monuments, gravestones and other structures howsoever caused, other than damage occasioned by the negligence of its officers, agents, servants or workmen.
No fee will be charged for the erection of the memorials provided by the Imperial War Graves Commission on Service Graves.
All graves provided in the Cemetery will eventually be turfed flat and mown. The Council reserves the right to carry out this process as and when it deems it appropriate to do so at some time in the future.
No kerbs of any kind (stone, wooden, plastic or otherwise) are permitted around the graves or cremations.
Soliciting for orders within the Cemetery for the erection or repair of any monument, headstone, or other structure, or for any work connected with graves, is strictly prohibited. The Council reserves the right to exclude from the Cemetery any person or company or firm on whose behalf any person, has been found so soliciting.
An approved list is available from the Clerk. Positioning to be decided by the Council and Tree Warden. Planting to be done between October and April.
Costs (to include fixing and future maintenance) and approved styles are available from the Clerk.
No adornment of the graves or memorial stones is permitted, except in the area dedicated to children.
This includes scarves, ribbons, soft toys, ornaments, tinsel etc. If there is any doubt, please contact the Parish Clerk for assistance. Any such item will be removed and disposed of by the Council after the expiry of 12 months from the date of the interment.
No loose vases, planters, pot plants, flower case of glass or plastic nor any jar or container shall be placed on or near any grave or memorial. Any such item will be removed and disposed of by the Council after the expiry of 12 months from the date of the interment. Please click here to find specific dates of when any unpermitted (after the 12 month rule) will be removed.
Stone chippings and bark mulch are not permitted on the graves or cremation plot.
Flowers and wreaths may be placed on and around the grave on the day of the funeral. After the funeral withered flowers and wreaths may be removed.
Christmas wreaths are permitted until the end of January.
Where in the opinion of the Council, any grave or cremation plot is neglected so as to be detrimental to adjacent graves and the general appearance of the Cemetery, the Council reserves the right, after due Notice where possible, to level off such graves/cremation plots and re-turf.
11. General Rules
By law, no dogs, other than Guide dogs are allowed into the Cemetery.
No games or sports to be played in the Cemetery.
No trees are to be planted without the permission of the Parish Council.
No children under the age of 12 years are allowed in the Cemetery unless accompanied by a responsible adult.
Visitors to the Cemetery shall not pick, cut, fell or remove from the Cemetery any flower, tree or shrub, nor sit on any memorial, monument, headstone or structure other than a seat provided for the purpose.
Littered and withered flowers should be placed in the appropriate receptacle provided.
The registers, records, tables of fees and plan of the Cemetery are available for inspection at the Parish Council Office during normal office hours without charge.
Visitors to the Cemetery are asked to behave in a quiet orderly manner so as to preserve the quiet reverence and peaceful atmosphere created in the Cemetery.
The council reserves the right to alter or add to these regulations.
The Clerk to the Parish Council will be pleased to render whatever help or advice is needed and enquiries can be made personally, by telephone or in writing to:
Mrs Stewart Wilks
Clerk to Harlington Parish Council Tel: 01525 875933
Parish Council Office, Rear of Parish Hall Fax: 01525 874632
Church Road Email: email@example.com
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We recognise that this will be the final resting place of many different people, representing all ages and people of different faiths, and some with no faith at all.
It will hold within its boundaries those who have lived long and fulfilling lives and those who have been cut short by tragedy and disease. Therefore it is hoped that it may be a place where troubled hearts may find comfort and others may celebrate the passing of those whose lives have been lived out in full.
May it be a place of peace and hope and continuing love.
Prayer of blessing
Father God, we acknowledge the vision and commitment of those who have made this cemetery available, and those who have worked to prepare for today. Bless this cemetery.
Here may the sad find hope -- the weak find courage -- and the grieving find comfort and the troubled find peace.
Lord hear our prayer, may it be a place of rest and a fortress against fear, despair and desolation, may it be a place of hope.
Words of Rev Pheasey at the opening of the Garden Cemetery on 4th July 2002
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