COVID 19 – during this pandemic period and for the foreseeable future, the Burgess Hill Burial ground will remain open for burials, interments of cremated remains and for people to visit. We would stress, however, should you wish to visit the burial ground you must observe the government’s rules in regard to social distancing and to NOT visit should you or anyone in your household be showing Covid 19 symptoms. Those with underlying health issues that could be adversely affected by the virus should consider whether attendance at the burial ground would unnecessarily expose you to greater risk.
The process for pre-purchasing a burial plot and/or arranging a burial has changed in that we will be providing a limited face-to-face service and, where possible, documentation should be either emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to us at 96 Church walk, Burgess Hill, RH15 9AS. The forms you require are on the link further down this page or if you need the forms sent to you via post, please email email@example.com with your request or contact the number below for further assistance.
In regard to the funerals themselves, Government advice now allows limited forms of gatherings, however, the Government has not stipulated how may mourners can attend funerals. For the foreseeable future, and until further guidance is given by Government, we will be restricting access to funerals to close relatives only and up to a maximum of 10 people who are not in any of the high risk categories and are not self-isolating. SOCIAL DISTANCING MUST BE MAINTAINED.
DIRECT LINE FOR BURIAL ENQUIRIES AND ADVICE : 01444 238214
Burgess Hill Town Council is the burial authority for the parish of Burgess Hill, and it maintains the Burgess Hill Burial Ground which is situated on Jane Murray Way. The Burgess Hill Burial Ground was formally opened on 26 June 2004 and is expected to provide burial space for the town for the next 100 years.
The site has been sympathetically designed to blend in with its rural setting and the Green Woodland area provides an opportunity to enhance the environment whilst at the same time creating a living monument to loved ones.
There is good access to the site and water taps are conveniently situated. There are planning restrictions on the size of headstones (750mm high x 600mm wide) but there is a level of design flexibility within these parameters. The site is non-consecrated and open to all denominations. In addition, there is an area set aside for the burial of children, as well as a special site ‘The Glade’ for the scattering of ashes.
The Green area, with facilities for both burials and cremations, recreates traditional woodland, in keeping with the surrounding area, and a lasting habitat for the encouragement and protection of wildlife. The Green Burials area is located on the Northern side of the Burial Ground and has been there since its inception in 2004.
Click on the following link to download the Burial Ground Information Booklet and Application Forms 2020-2021 which includes all the relevant paperwork to be completed and returned to Burgess Hill Town Council, 96 Church Walk, Burgess Hill, RH15 9AS.
Please see pages 19-20 in our Burial Ground Booklet to find out about Charities and Counselling Services.