Excavation and Backfilling of Graves

Before the burial:

  • Before the funeral party arrives we will ensure that the grave is correctly dug to the depth and size given in the Burial Application Form 
  • If needed we will support the grave by shoring and surrounding by timber.
  • Grass matting will be laid to the grave surround.
  • Putlogs will be placed over and adjacent to the grave to support the coffin and clean webbing laid out for lowering the coffin
  • The approach to and the surround of the grave will be left clean and tidy.
  • All graves will be excavated by grounds staff appointed by the council and superfluous soil placed at the side of the excavated grave.
  • All cemetery machinery will be stored in the yard out of sight.

Please note if a seIf a lowering device is needed you must tell us in the Burial Application Form.

After the burial:

  • When all mourners have left the site (unless the person arranging the funeral has requests something different in advance) we will backfill the grave.
  • The site will be left neat and tidy with the wreaths and flowers carefully placed.
  • The grave space will sink as compaction occurs, particularly after heavy rainfall. This will be made good by the cemetery staff as soon as ground conditions are suitable.
  • Seeding of graves will be done 6 to 12 months after the burial dependent on the condition of the grave/plot.