untidy-gravesStowmarket Town Council strives to maintain the cemetery on Violet Hill Road as a place of peace, tranquillity and remembrance for the enjoyment of all. In the busy town of Stowmarket the cemetery provides an oasis of calm and serenity and has become a haven for a wide variety of native flora and fauna.

The newer sections of the cemetery, D, E and F, were designated as lawn cemeteries meaning that all graves within these sections are to be grassed with no ornamental items being placed upon them.

In order for Stowmarket Town Council to manage and maintain the cemetery more effectively in the future, we respectfully request that any such items be removed by the deed of grant holder. These items may include, but are not limited to vases, kerb sets, statues, stones and shrubs and plants.

We have written to the Deed of Grant Holders to seek their assistance in ensuring that all graves within sections D, E and F adhere to the requirements of the Cemetery Regulations.

Michael Marriot, Operations and Estates Manager at Stowmarket Town Council states “‘We recognise the sensitivity surrounding this request.  Increasingly however, the range of personal items has grown over time, which in addition to impacting upon the overall aesthetics of the cemetery also significantly adds to the time taken to mow around specific plots”.

Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Should you have any further questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact Michelle Marshall, Deputy Town Clerk on 01449 612060 or email info@stowmarket.org to discuss the matter further.

To view the cemetery regulations please click here