The Council provides a few direct services to residents including management of Allotments and the Cemetery. The Council also supports several other organisations and can provide grants. For more information see below.
Glastonbury Town Council has a number of allotments. Plots vary in size, there is a waiting list and we are unable to guarantee the length of time before a plot becomes available. With that said, vacant allotments do come up regularly so if you would like to apply for one the only criteria is that you must appear on the Glastonbury Electoral Roll.
Cost of the plots: £15.00 per year (or part year) and £10.00 for Senior Citizens at the Lowerside Allotments
Town Council staff regularly check the Allotments and monitor the upkeep of each plot and the surrounding area. Allotment holders are contacted if their plot has become overgrown or is no longer being kept in accordance with the Allotment Agreement.
If your organisation wishes to apply to the Town Council for grant funding there are set criteria. For an application form please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Grants specifically for youth activities will be considered separately by the Youth Provision Committee. Application forms are available from email@example.com. Please email with your request or telephone the office on 01458 831769.
Glastonbury Cemetery and Edmund Hill Green Burial Site
The Cemetery is a beautiful and peaceful resting place, set on St Edmunds Hill alongside the Wells Road, within five minutes walk from the town centre. There is a lay-by providing convenient parking.
The Cemetery has wheelchair access available, public toilet facilities and picturesque Twin Chapels, one of which is available for hire for private services prior to an interment or as a Chapel of Rest. In addition to the large burial site, there are also two Gardens of Rest set aside for the interment of ashes following a cremation.
All round the site there are benches placed for your comfort and to allow for quiet contemplation or reflection. The peaceful atmosphere is further enhanced by the beautiful views of the surrounding area, across the Somerset Levels to the Mendip Hills.
Visitors to the Cemetery will notice that at certain times of the year areas of grass have been left uncut. These areas have been host to numerous wild flowers and have been left uncut intentionally to encourage species of wild flowers and insects, which might otherwise be lost.
A dedicated member of the Town Council staff tends the site every day, to ensure its upkeep is ongoing and is maintained to the highest standard.
Glastonbury was the first town in Mid-Somerset to offer the facility of the increasingly popular green burial service, in an area specifically set aside for the purpose. This nature-rich area of land offers outstanding panoramic views across the surrounding Somerset Levels landscape, benches for quiet sitting and a wide range of wildlife, including masses of butterflies.
Burials here may take place using only biodegradable coffins or urns, such as wicker or cardboard, in a “nature reserve” style of environment, where the emphasis is on keeping the landscape untouched. Graves are marked in a natural fashion, without kerbs or gravestones, people being encouraged to mark the graves of their loved ones by their own choice of wild flower plantings.
We pride ourselves on Glastonbury Cemetery being a nice place to visit, with superb views and good facilities. The green burial site makes it an even nicer place.
The fees set out below apply where the person who is to be interred, or in respect of whom the right is granted is, or immediately before his death was, an inhabitant of Glastonbury & Sharpham.
IN ALL OTHER CASES THE FEES WILL BE DOUBLED.
The only exception will be in the case of an elderly person who has moved to a Nursing Home outside the area less than five years prior to the date of death.
PART 1 – INTERMENTS
All graves must be dug to double depth.
Please note we do not provide a grave digging service.
1. For the Interment (burial) in a grave:
(i) of the body of a child whose age at the time of death did not exceed 16 years FREE
(ii) of the body of a person whose age at the time of death exceeded 16 years £404.00
2. For the Interment of Cremated Remains £230.00
3. For the scattering of Ashes £115.00
PART 2 – EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS OF BURIAL – Plot pre-purchase
1. For the exclusive Rights of Burial in an earthen grave in consecrated cemetery grounds:
(i) Child under 16 years £ 120.00
(ii) Person over 16 years £650
(iii) For the exclusive Right of Cremated Remains in an earthen grave in Gardens of Rest £404.00
3. For the exclusive Rights of Burial in an earthen grave in a setting maintained
in a natural environment (Green Burial) £ 961.00
Pre purchase of Exclusive Rights of Burial £ 865.00
Pre purchase of Exclusive Rights of Burial of Cremated Remains £ 576.00
Pre purchase of Exclusive Rights of Burial in the Green Burial Site £ 1191.00
PART 3 – MONUMENTS, GRAVESTONES, TABLETS & INSCRIPTIONS
Please note Headstones only in K or A Plot
All memorials, except in the Gardens of Rest must bear the correct grave number clearly inscribed thereon in numerals and letters no shorter than 1 inch (2.5cm)
For the right to erect or place on a grave: –
a) Gravestone or flat or wedge tablet on base (not exceeding 3’6” in height
and mounted on a foundation stone measuring no more than 36”x18”x3”) £ 327.00
b) Tablet with or without sunken vase (15” x 12”) (Gardens of Rest) £115.00
c) Additional inscription (after the first) £ 83.00
d) Kerb surround (gravestone included) £ 769.00
e) Vase £ 86.00
PART 4 – ADDITIONAL FEES
Hire of chapel for funeral/memorial service/chapel of rest £ 63.00
Search fee (Locating Plots, Historical records etc.) £ 10.00 per hour
Transfer of Ownership of grave space £ 86.00
Charges apply from 1.12.2014