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. Please note that any items that have not been removed by 27th February 2018, will be removed from the cemetery by the Town Council and the grave spaces will be returned to lawn. Any items removed will be stored for a period of one year after which they will be disposed of.tidy-graves

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 Michael Marriott at the Town Council Offices on 01449 612060 or email michaelm@stowmarket.org to discuss the matter further.

To view the cemetery regulations please click here