Chapter 14 » 14.35

Burial grounds

Sale and other disposal of burial grounds

Disused burial grounds – especially those where there is no meeting house adjacent – have sometimes proved burdensome to area meetings. In such cases the possibility of sale should be considered, with due regard to the use to which the ground would be put. If the land has no immediately realisable value consideration should be given to a lease, possibly at a peppercorn rent, to some person or body prepared to maintain it in good condition as an open space. Whilst a burial ground remains in the care of the meeting it is important to see that it is properly maintained and that others do not acquire the land through default. A memorandum is available from Friends Trusts Limited about the disposal of burial grounds and the removal of remains.

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