This section contains information relating to the management and maintenance of Church in Wales’ owned churchyards. Click on any of the headings below to find more information about that topic.

Ownership & Management

Churchyards are generally owned by the Representative Body and are, like churches, maintained by each PCC.

Burial Regulations

Church burial grounds are governed by the Welsh Church (Burial Grounds) Act 1945.


Memorials in a churchyard should conform to the standard specification laid down in the Constitution. Find more details here.


There are several different types of consents required for work in churchyards.

Churchyard Walls

Churchyard walls should be inspected on a regular basis and maintained in good order.