Health & Safety and Maintenance

PCCs should ensure that Churchyards are well maintained and reasonably safe.A good starting point for this is to undertake a risk assessment of possible hazards that users may encounter. For example, uneven ground levels between paths and burial areas or unstable headstones.

Trees in churchyards should be professionally checked for safety and health on a regular basis. Some churchyard trees can be very ancient and may be protected by Tree Preservation Orders or under Conservation Area arrangements. You should always consult the Local Authority and Archdeacon before embarking on tree work.

Section 2 of the Church in Wales’ Management of Churchyards document contains detailed guidance for the responsible care of churchyards, including management, maintenance and suggestions for good practice.

More information on how to carry out a risk assessment and general Health & Safety issues can be found at: Health & Safety