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Bourton-on-the-Water Parish Council

Burials & Allotments

Burials

The Committee installed signage at the cemetery entrance in 2015. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission confirmed there are two war graves in Bourton Cemetery, and the Commission affixed a sign to the entrance in 2013 advising visitors of these graves, which are identifiable by the standard war grave design.  

Harvest of yew clippings

The Council was made aware in 2013 of the opportunity to re-cycle yew hedge trimmings through the onward sale of these clippings to companies who use them in the production of anti-cancer drug treatments. The Yew (Taxus Baccata) clippings are currently collected from over 4,000 public and private gardens nationally. Chemical extracts found within the clippings are used as the main component in a number of important cancer treatments. The usage of Yew clippings in this way also promotes other environmental benefits, such as the provision of a waste recycling alternative and reduction in the ‘carbon footprint’. It also enables the Council to recover some of the costs of the hedge trimming, thereby achieving cost savings from its annual budget.

This will become part of the Council's future annual maintenance routine for all yew hedges at the cemetery.

Jubilee Garden of Remembrance

The Committee was extensively involved in the project to create a new Garden of Remembrance which has been constructed to provide sufficient space for interments well into the 21st Century. This Garden of Remembrance was designed by the village's Horticultural Society and they and other local volunteers planted up the space in Spring 2011.  

Thanks are due to Sheila and Antoinette from the Horticultural Society for their continued, and invaluable, involvement.

The existing Garden of Remembrance is now be closed for further interments, other than for additional interments in existing plots, but this area will continue to be maintained in future years, as it is today.

Benches have been installed for visitors to the new Garden, and these are also  available for adoption by residents.  

Regulations have been established to facilitate the administration of the Cemetery and Gardens of Remembrance.  These mainly reflect accepted good practice but do include one or two provisions of which residents should be aware.

The Council has also now provided an area for the scattering of Ashes which is a facility which hasn't previously been available for residents. The new Ashes Garden will allow residents to scatter ashes in a flower bed provided for this purpose and, if they wish, to also purchase a memorial plaque which will be affixed to the surrounding kerb, or reserve a space on the kerb for future years.  However, residents must apply to scatter ashes in advance, and we'd ask everyone to respect this requirement.  

The Council recently took a decision to increase burial and memorial fees for the forthcoming year, albeit these fees are still below those charged by many neighbouring towns and parishes.  The Council previously decided to increase fees over a time as maintenance of this space is still subsidised by the Council to a considerable degree. The new charges will apply from 1st January 2017.

Please click on the attachments below for details of the new regulations, which are also available in booklet form from the Council Office, and the fees for 2017.

Allotments

All plots at the three sites are currently let and there is short Waiting List.  However, there are usually some vacancies created throughout the season so if residents wish to register their interest, please contact the Clerk.

Allotment Rents and Rules

Rents and Rules have been reviewed for 2017, and rents have been slightly increased to £18 per half plot in order to achieve cost-neutral maintenance of these areas.  

Please see the attachments below for details of the Rules for 2017:

Minutes

Minutes from the most recent Burial and Allotments Committee meetings are available here. Minutes from previous committee meetings can be obtained on request.