Burial Grounds

Chesham Bois Burial Ground is located next to Bois Wood in an area designated as Chiltern AONB.  There has been a burial ground here since 1924, and in 2007 the site was extended to include a woodland burial site and a further formal burial area.

Chesham Bois formal burial ground

The burial ground is run by the Parish Council for burials of any denomination, and is not attached to any particular church. There is a small chapel available for hire which seats up to 50 people. For a bird’s eye view of the burial grounds please click here.

For further details on the formal burial ground, please click here.

For further details on the woodland burial ground, please click here.

For price information on both burial grounds, please click here.

If you require any further information, or wish to reserve a plot please contact the Sexton on 07753 616426, or email the Clerk on clerk@cheshamboispc.org.uk.

Chesham Bois Parish Council aims to maintain the Burial Ground as an attractive and tranquil memorial to those whose lives are remembered here. The Council welcomes relatives and visitors during daylight hours.

The Cemetery gates are normally kept locked, except for on a Sunday afternoon when cars are permitted in the parking area. Vehicular access to the top of the Cemetery should be made by arrangement with the Sexton.

At all other times, pedestrian access is permitted and there is limited parking just outside the cemetery.

Owners and visitors are responsible for their own safety in the cemetery and we would ask that dogs are kept on a lead in the formal areas.

Path through Chesham Bois burial grounds

Search Fees

The Council reserves the right to charge a fee of £10 per hour (or part thereof) for staff time spent on searching through burial records. Please contact the Clerk by email to find out more.

Woodland Burials

The Woodland Burial Ground provides an alternative to the more formal areas, and has been planted as a series of glades and woodland. Currently the trees are immature and plots are therefore only offered in the woodland areas. There is flexibility as to exact location, and the Sexton will be pleased to help you make your decision, either by visiting the site, or discussing it over the phone.

woodland burial ground, chesham bois

Trees planted include beech, ash, hornbeam and hazel – all native to the area. The glades are cut 3 times a year to encourage native species and it is therefore important that other planting is not introduced.
Only biodegradable materials should be used in the burial and there are no visible markers for the grave. If a memorial plaque is required we are happy for the family to place one in the Garden of Remembrance for no additional fee.

Despite this, we recognise that sometimes families wish to mark the burial site in a manner which is in keeping with the Woodland Burial ethos. We have therefore provided a list of native plants which may be used, once permission has been sought from the Council. Please click here

We ask that families abide by the following guidelines:

  • If a family would like to sow or plant around a loved one’s grave, they must let us know in advance to ensure that the correct location is used.
  • Only plants on the list provided may be used – whether as plants, bulbs or seeds. Hybrids and cultivars of these or other non-natives are not acceptable and will be removed.
  • Please ensure that planting looks as natural as possible, without straight lines or delineating graves, otherwise plants may be removed.
  • Nothing already growing at the burial ground may be disturbed or dug up.
  • The earth on new graves may be topped a few times within the first few months after a burial, and the soil may take a year to settle fully; so early planting may become covered in soil.
  • If plants require watering, families will need to do this themselves. The Council cannot be responsible for plants being eaten by local wildlife.

Any markers, ornaments or non-native planting on graves will be removed by the Council and kept for a short period for the family to reclaim.

All plots can be purchased in advance but are only single depth, to ensure that the growth of the trees is not compromised. Half plots for interment of ashes are also available, and we permit a maximum of 3 caskets of ashes to be interred with a coffin in one grave.

It should be noted that although plots can be reserved in advance, the Council does reserve the right to alter the plot location if necessary.

The Formal Burial Ground

The established formal burial ground is laid out in a series of rows either side of the main path that leads to the top of the hill. The majority of plots at the bottom of the hill have now been sold, so for those who would prefer easier access to plots, we have opened a new formal area to the left of the Chapel.

formal burial ground, chesham bois

There is restricted choice as to location, to ensure that plots are accessible but the Sexton will be happy to help you make your decision.

Graves can be single or double depth and in addition each grave can accommodate an additional 3 caskets of ashes.

Memorials are permitted within the formal areas, subject to the guidelines detailed here.

Details of prices can be found here.

Essential Information:

BURIAL FEES

Different scales of fees are charged as follows:

  1. If the residence of the deceased or the plot owner is in the Civil Parish of Chesham Bois at the date of death or at the date of reservation: Single Fees
  2. If the residence of the deceased or the plot owner is in the Ecclesiastical Parish but outside the civil boundary at the date of death or at the date of reservation: Single Fees + 1/3rd
  3. If neither the owner nor the deceased is a resident of the Parish: Double Fees
  1. For the exclusive right of burial for 99 years
    1. A full size adult plot £400
    2. A small plot for an ashes casket £300
  2. For the interment of coffins, caskets, ashes
    1. For a child under 18 years £100
    2. For an adult £300
    3. For a casket of ashes £100
    4. For the scattering of ashes No Charge*
  3. Sexton’s Fee A charge is made for the services of the Council’s employee who attends the burial £50
  4. Gravedigger’s Fee This is paid directly
  5. Minister’s Fee This is paid directly
  6. Hire of the Chapel £50

*Please discuss with the sexton prior to scattering ashes.
Gravediggers must be approved by the Council and remove all spoil from the site.
All Fees due to the Council are payable in advance of the burial.

MONUMENTS, HEADSTONES, TABLETS, & INSCRIPTIONS

  1. All types of memorials are permitted, but are subject to approval by the Council prior to installation. Permission is based on the type, inscription and the material to be used, having regard to the rural setting of the burial ground. Inscriptions must be simple and reverent
  2. Memorials are to be installed to comply with the NAMM Code of Practice by a mason approved by the Council.
  3. Headstones must be installed so that the ratio of height above ground to depth below ground shall be no greater than 2:1 unless a shoe is used in which case the ratio can be up to 3 : 1
  4. It is usual to wait twelve months before installing a headstone to allow settlement
  5. All material and labour costs will be paid by the applicant.
  6. Headstones and/or tablets are limited to one per half plot.
  7. Planting of shrubs is discouraged as the root system can disturb the memorial and those in the immediate vicinity. The Council therefore reserves the right to remove any plants which have the potential to grow too large (eg small conifers).
  8. Memorial plaques can be installed on the wall in the Garden of Remembrance. For details please click here

Memorials are checked regularly for stability. If found to be unstable the Council will attend to contact the deed holder, but reserves the right to take remedial action. If it is found necessary to lay stones down, all charges, including the cost of reinstatement will be the responsibility of the plot holder.

The Council accepts no responsibility for damage to graves, memorials etc unless caused by its authorised contractors. It should be noted that kerbing may become damaged as a result of mowing, and for this reason is discouraged.

THE GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE

This area can be found at the bottom of the formal burial ground beside the Chapel.garden of remembrance, chesham bois

Memorial plaques may be fixed to the wall of remembrance.

Fees for Wall Plaques

These must be in Karin Grey Granite in one of two standard sizes:-

  1. A plaque of size 9″ x 4″ x 1″ (225 x 100 x 25mm) bearing an inscription of up to 50 letters to be retained for 50 years  –  £30
  2. to be retained for a further 25 years, an additional  –  £30
  3. A plaque of size 9″ x 8″ x 1″ (225 x 200 x 25mm) bearing an inscription of up to 100 letters to be retained for 50 years  –  £50
  4. to be retained for a further 25 years, an additional  –  £50

Applicants must arrange, and pay direct, for the purchase of the plaques and for the fixing to the wall.  Work must be carried out by an approved mason.

FEES FOR MEMORIALS

Different scales of fees are charged as follows:

  1. If the residence of the deceased or the plot owner is in the Civil Parish of Chesham Bois at the date of death or at the date of reservation: Single Fees
  2. If the residence of the deceased or the plot owner is in the Ecclesiastical Parish but outside the civil boundary at the date of death or at the date of reservation: Single Fees + 1/3rd
  3. If neither the owner nor the deceased is a resident of the Parish: Double Fees

The fees indicated include the first inscription

  1. Headstones & Raised Tablets £200
  2. Kerbstones at discretion of council £500
  3. For each subsequent inscription £50

The Council can provide a list of Memorial Masons, and must approve the wording on Memorials prior to installation

BURIAL GROUND TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE

  • Plots are purchased for a period of 99 years. Grave owners are provided with a deed and we ask to be kept advised of changes to deed holder’s address. If the ownership of a deed has changed, proof will need to be provided to the Council before any internment can take place.
  • Planting on graves in the formal areas is permitted as long as it is appropriate and in keeping with the area. Plants with the potential to grow into large shrubs will be removed by the Council as these can affect the foundations of headstones nearby.
  • Planting on graves in woodland area is permitted only in accordance with guidelines in Woodland Burial section.
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