Saint Philip & Saint James' Churchyard

Our churchyard is governed by the Churchyard Regulations issued by the Diocese of Gloucester. For those with Internet access, please see:

Maintenance of Burial & Interment Plots

What is allowed

Permanent vases are only those authorized, and only fresh flowers (out of their wrappings), or cuttings from shrubs and bushes, may be placed in them.

Interment plots are enclosed by a band of paving. Vases should be placed on this and not on the grass, both to respect other plots and to facilitate the maintenance of the churchyard.

Small spring bulbs may be planted (from September to October), under the grass of a grave with minimal disturbance to the turf.

Poppies (or small wooden remembrance crosses) at the time of Remembrance Sunday. To be removed by 30 November.

Christmas wreaths of natural foliage are welcome from mid-December. To be removed by 31 January.

What is not allowed

No artificial flowers of any kind. The only exception to this is for poppies on Remembrance Sunday.

No trees, shrubs, or roses are allowed to be planted.

No individual gardens are permitted.

Items not allowed because they are dangerous, or interfere with grass cutting, or are out of keeping with the churchyard, include such items as: glass or other breakable or sharp items; chippings or gravel; pictures, portraits or photographs; statues or ornaments; lights (candles, solar or battery); birdbaths; kerbs, railings or chains; windmills, wind-chimes, cards, animal figures, angels, etc.

The PCC retains the right to remove anything from the churchyard which does not comply with these or other regulations.

Brown bin – garden waste
Grass cuttings, plants, weeds, twigs, small branches, leaves, bark, tree prunings, and cut flowers. No soil, turf, bricks or stone.

Green bin – general waste
Non-recyclable waste, such as wrapping from flowers, plastic carrier bags, Christmas wreaths, flower pots and flower food sachets.