Churchyard Management Plan

 

Introduction

 

The regular maintenance of the churchyard is the responsibility of the PCC and is carried out in accordance with the DIOCESE OF BRISTOL CHURCHYARD REGULATIONS ISSUED BY THE CHANCELLOR OF THE DIOCESE, 2017 and adopted by West Littleton PCC. All new graves and monuments must be approved in consultation with the incumbent and according to the Diocesan regulations. These are displayed in the porch for reference.

 

The maintenance of the churchyard respects that this is primarily a sacred place of Christian burial.

 

Boundary walls

 

The dry stone walls surrounding the churchyard are presumed to be in the ownership of the neighbouring houses. Any maintenance requirement will be discussed with the relevant landowner.

 

Paths

 

The gravel paths are to be kept free of weeds and in good condition by the churchyard maintenance team.

 

Trees

 

The condition of the trees is to be kept under review and expert advice sought when required. The area under the larger trees is designated for colonies of wild bulbs.

 

Grass

 

The grass is to be kept cut by the maintenance team with a degree of varied cutting heights around the boundaries. The wild flower areas are to be left uncut during the season.

 

Graves

 

The condition of the graves is to be monitored and the area surrounding each plot kept neat and tidy wherever possible. The placing of plastic flowers on graves is discouraged by the PCC.

 

Tombs

 

The listed chest tombs are to be checked regularly to ensure that they are safe. Expert assessments and conservation work to be considered at each Quinquennial. Any maintenance of the listed church tombs must be discussed with English Heritage and is subject to the requirements for a faculty and listed building consent.

 

Water Conservation

 

Water from the roof is to be collected in a suitable water butt.

 

Rubbish

 

Only compostable waste is to be placed in the area provided. All other rubbish is to be removed.

 

West Littleton PCC May 2019