Headstone testing

We are continuing our programme of headstone testing, which is essential to make sure that anyone who visits or works in our 154 cemeteries is safe.

The rolling programme of safety inspections will continue from September 2018, with memorials in a further 18 cemeteries being checked by an experienced contactor.

We will ensure the work is undertaken with due respect and only where absolutely necessary.

How we test

  • Firstly, a memorial is tested to check if it is safe.
  • If there is a safety concern, the memorial will be made safe by socketing into the ground or laying flat. 
  • Memorials will not be individually cordoned off unless the memorial is very large and the opinion of a structural engineer is needed
  • If a memorial has been made safe, the family – who are responsible for the memorial – can contact a monumental mason with a view to having the memorial restored.

Testing schedule

The following sections of the 18 burial grounds, which contain memorials, are to be surveyed by the contractor from September 2018 onwards.

Cemetery Estimated testing date Completed
Ashkirk October 2018 November 2018
Earlston (Old) September 2018 October 2018
Heriot October 2018 October 2018
Lilliesleaf November 2018 November 2018
Shawfield (Selkirk) November 2018 January 2019
Wairds (Melrose) October 2018 November 2018
Ayton March 2019 March 2019
Duns (Preston Road) February 2019 March 2019
Eyemouth (Old) March 2019 March 2019
Lennel Delayed due to wild flowers  
Innerleithen (Traquair Road) November 2018 January 2019
Peebles January 2019 February 2019
Old Churchyard (Kelso) February 2019 February 2019
Rosebank (Kelso) February 2019 February 2019
Ancrum March 2019 March 2019
Denholm March 2019 March 2019
Wellogate (Hawick) June 2019  
Wilton (Hawick) March 2019 April 2019