Saints Philip & James’ Churchyard, Up Hatherley

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 prunnings, 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.