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Buy a Grave or Cremation Plot

Find out how to buy a Grave or Cremation Plot.

Please contact us by completing our online form, emailing bereavement@fenland.gov.uk or calling 01354 654321.

How do I buy a Grave or Cremation Plot?

Normally a funeral director will help you make the necessary arrangements as part of a pre-purchased funeral plan. You can also arrange to purchase the plot directly with Fenland District Council without a funeral plan. We can arrange for you to view the cemetery of your choice, advise on where the vacant plots are, and arrange for a member of staff to meet you on site to finalise your choice of plot.

Plots cannot be reserved. In order for documents of Exclusive Rights to be issued to their legal owners, all plots must be paid for in advance.

How long can I buy a grave for?

In the cemeteries operated by Fenland District Council, we have Traditional and Lawn sections as well as Cremation Plots. In all of these areas, the Exclusive Rights are issued for 75 years. This gives the owner of the rights the power to say who can be interred into the plot/s, and what memorial can be placed on the plot. This includes any inscription or changes to the memorial during the time of the Exclusive Rights deed.

When can burials and interments take place?

Burials and interments can take place on any weekday. Arrangements for a weekend / bank holiday burial or interment can be arranged. Please ask your funeral director or contact us for details of charges.

What type of plots are available?

Lawn Graves - after the burial takes place the grave is made level and grassed over. A headstone can be erected after a minimum of 32 weeks from the interment. The memorial headstone can also include a vase in which flowers can be placed, providing the plot has been previously been purchased. No other memorials or flowers can be placed down the length of the grave.

Generally, these areas are maintained at no expense to the grave owner. All memorials and headstones must have written approval from Fenland District Council for the design before they can be erected.

Traditional Graves - after the burial takes place the grave is made level and grassed over. A headstone with kerbs can be erected after a minimum of 32 weeks from the interment. The memorial headstone can also include a vase in which flowers can be placed providing the plot has previously been purchased. Graves with kerbs can have other memorial items placed within the kerb edges. The family is then responsible for the maintenance of the plot inside the kerbs. Fenland District Council will maintain the grass areas around the plot/s.

Cremation Plots - at each cemetery there is a section for cremated remains. Any ashes interment can be placed in a cremation plot or in a burial plot, providing the plot has been previously purchased and Exclusive Rights have been issued.

Cremation areas are an individual plot of 2ft x 2ft. They can only have a memorial plaque or tablet placed on the plot in accordance with the cemetery regulations.

Are all the graves on consecrated ground?

Our cemeteries have both consecrated (blessed as sacred) and unconsecrated areas where you can purchase a plot. The ground is consecrated by the Church of England.

What are purchased graves and memorials?

Purchased graves - a purchased grave can be in a Lawn Section, Traditional Section or a Cremation Plot where the Exclusive Rights have been purchased for a period of 75 years. This gives the owner of the rights the power to say who can be interred in the plot/s, what memorial can be placed on the plot, including any inscription or charges to the memorial during the lifetime of the Exclusive Rights deed.

Memorials - memorials are important as the last symbol or remembrance for families and loved ones. We can offer advice and help to make sure that all memorials meet the cemetery regulations and Health & Safety guidelines. Memorials are checked at intervals during the lifetime of the memorials, and the deeds of Exclusive Rights.

The Exclusive Rights owner has the legal responsibility to arrange safety checks on memorials by a NAMM or BRAMM registered Memorial Mason. All costs related to any resetting or repairs are the responsibility of the Exclusive Rights owner.