Westoning Road, Harlington, Bedfordshire LU5 6PA

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


Green Burials

Children's Area

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. 

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




Harlington Garden Cemetery



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.


4.   Fees

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.


9.   Memorials

Permission must be obtained, in advance, for the right to erect a memorial in the GardenCemetery.


      Burial area

      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


Application Process 

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.


Memorial trees 

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.


Memorial benches 

Costs (to include fixing and future maintenance) and approved styles are available from the Clerk.


10.  Maintenance 

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:


            Mr Stewart Wilks

            Clerk to Harlington Parish Council                                            Tel: 01525 875933                

            Parish Council Office, Rear of Parish Hall                                 Fax: 01525 874632              

            Church Road                                                                           Email: clerk@harlington-pc.gov.uk

            Harlington, Dunstable                                                                     

            Bedfordshire, LU5 6LE                                                            Revised 27.04.15



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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