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Scattering cremated remains

You must obtain permission from the landowner before scattering any cremated remains.

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You cannot scatter remains within cemetery grounds as graves are owned by individual families.

On local authority managed areas, you should contact the Manager of that Department who will advise you regarding any regulations which apply.

If permission is granted, you should consider the following points:

  • Due regard is taken to the visitors of the area
  • The cremated remains are dispersed close to the ground and over a wide area, to avoid an obvious mound, which other visitors to the site may find disturbing
Locations and contact details for scattering remains
Location Contact/Managed by Telephone number
Buccleuch Gardens Parks Section 020 8891 1411
Terrace Gardens, Richmond Hill Parks Section 020 8891 1411
Richmond Park Parks Superintendent 020 8948 3209
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Development Officer 020 8332 3248
The River Thames Port of London Authority 01474 562200

Scattering of ashes in public open spaces

If you wish to scatter ashes in one of our parks and open spaces, permission is granted as long as certain conditions are met, and the park is not primarily managed for nature conservation.

Updated: 02 March 2021

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