Natural burial ground: guidance for operators

How to manage burial grounds and cemeteries, including laws you need to follow, health and safety rules, and access rights

Applies to England and Wales


Natural burial grounds - guidance for operators

Request an accessible format.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


This document is for operators of natural burial grounds in England and Wales.

The guide covers relevant areas of the law, including:

  • burial law
  • disability legislation
  • memorial rights
  • exhumation

It also provides information on services to the public, including access rights and signage.

Published 2 January 2009