Cemetery maintenance and safety

Headstone and memorial safety

The owners of graves or their next of kin are responsible for maintaining headstones or memorials.  If you know that a family headstone or memorial is unsafe, you can make your own arrangements to have it repaired by a stonemason.   Only memorial stonemasons accredited by us can carry out work in our cemeteries.  You can find a local stonemason on our register.  You will be responsible for the cost of fixing the headstone or memorial back into a safe condition.

We'll routinely inspect headstones and memorials, to look for damage and identify how stable they are.  Where we find a headstone or memorial that is unsafe, we sometimes have to lay it flat to avoid injury to visitors to the cemetery.

Our first priority is to make the grave safe, but we will contact families to let them know what action we have taken, where we have their details.  We’ll also leave a sticker at the location advising people what to do next. Please do not attempt to lift a headstone or memorial that has been laid flat.

Contact us

Please tell us about an unsafe headstone or memorial at one of our cemeteries. It helps us to locate the stone if you describe where it is in the cemetery, and the names on the plot if you can. 

Please also contact us to report any other issue about a cemetery, such as dog fouling, vandalism, anti-social behaviour or theft.

You can:

Email: bereavementservices@barnsley.gov.uk

Call: 01226 206053.