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Regulations for headstones

There are regulations that govern how a memorial should be constructed and maintained. This ensures a sympathetic, considerate and safe way of marking graves. All memorials must be of natural quarried stone and you must use a qualified memorial mason who is signed up to the council's memorial masons' registration rules to create and install a memorial. You may only place stone chippings on the kerb section of the memorial

Regulations for memorial headstones permitted in the lawn sections of the county's cemeteries

  • A headstone only (without kerbs) not more than 3' 6" in height, 3' in width and 4" in thickness
  • Overall memorial, front to back not more than 1' 4" 
  • Lawn sections will be seeded (within 12 months) and mown by the council staff
  • Once the grave has been seeded, no plantings or ornaments are permitted on the grave space
  • You can use the headstone border

Regulations for memorial headstones permitted in the kerb section in Leominster Cemetery

  • A headstone with kerbs
  • Headstone not more than 3' 6" in height, 3' in width and 4" in thickness
  • Kerbs not more than 3' by 7'
  • You can only place stone chippings on this section

Regulations for memorial headstones permitted in the children's section in Hereford Cemetery

  • Each grave and adjoining space is to be maintained by families, as agreed through consultation with parents
  • A headstone not more than 18" in height or a flat tablet 18" x 18" 
  • Tributes must be placed within the grave space with a height restriction of 18"
  • If after six months the grave remains unattended, the tributes will be removed
  • The council continues to maintain the pathways and surrounding lawn areas

We reserve the right to remove any items which do not comply with the above restrictions without notice.