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Cemeteries Service

The Service administers and maintains cemeteries for burials and designated areas set aside for interment of ashes.

New Forest District Council Cemetery Office, Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 9ZG, is committed to providing an excellent customer service to the bereaved. The Service includes:

Interment bookings

Memorial applications

Purchase and Legal transfer of the Exclusive Right of Burial and

Enquiries relating to the Cemeteries currently administered by New Forest District Council (NFDC).

The Service of interment includes the administration for the booking of the interment, the preparation and completion of the interment at the time of burial, and the maintenance of statutory registers and records post interment.

There are no restrictions on who can be interred within the Cemeteries provided by this Council, however, those people who reside outside of the District will be charged the full fee for all Services. New Forest Residents, who have contributed to the Service, through payment of their council tax, will be charged at a reduced rate.

Interments may take place Monday to Friday between the hours of 9.30am and 3.00pm.

Saturday interments are by arrangement only and premium fees apply.

To arrange an interment please consult our current list of Registered Funeral Directors and Stonemasons to select your preferred choice of Funeral Director.

For cemeteries enquiries, please contact the Cemeteries Office by email at You may also contact us on 023 8028 5952 or fax 02380 285755 (during office opening hours - Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm). The Offices are closed Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.

Blackfield Cemetery graves can no longer be prepurchased  due to limited remaining space availability; those graves currently available are for immediate use only. However, the prepurchase of cremated remains plots are currently permissible within Blackfield. For alternative grave prepurchase arrangements, you may wish to select from one of New Forest District Council's other Cemeteries.


All Cemeteries are open to the public, but please respect other visitors and the grounds as these are places of peace and tranquillity.

There are currently no crematoriums in the New Forest; the nearest crematoria are in Southampton, Eastleigh and Bournemouth . Cremated remains, however, can be interred within purchased NFDC graves, woodland graves, woodland ashes graves and within cremated remains plots. Scattering of ashes is possible within selected Cemeteries only.

For advice on the practical arrangements following a bereavement during a difficult time please visit the Councils' Bereavement pages or alternatively the GOV.UK information pages.  


Updated: 8 Nov 2016
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