Burial and Cremation

Scattering of Ashes

At Southend Crematorium ashes can be interred in the Garden of Remembrance or strewn in the Scatter Lawn both of which are available by appointment only, please contact Bereavement Service for more information.

The law on scattering ashes in the UK is fairly relaxed. You can scatter ashes over land or water but you first need to get permission from the land owner. 

Some popular examples include;

  • football grounds
  • Southend Pier
  • National Parks
  • Woodland Trusts
  • RSPB Reserves


The Council does not allow for ashes to be scattered or interred in its formal parks and open spaces with the exception of the Scatter Lawn at Southend Crematorium by appointment only.

If you choose to scatter in a river or the sea, you should consult the Environment Agency’s guide Funeral practices, spreading ashes and caring for the environment.

You should follow their guidance as their jurisdiction is 5 miles from the coast.

Contact us on 01702 215015 for more information if you wish to inter ashes in the cemetery or crematorium grounds.


Contact the Visitor Information Centre for further information if you want to scatter ashes from the end of the pier.

Telephone:  01702 215620

Email at vic@southend.gov.uk

Contact Bereavement Services

Telephone: 01702 215015/603908

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