Burial space in England could run out in 20 years
Tim Morris, from the Institute of Cemetery and Crematoria Management, said: “Money needed to build new cemeteries could be saved, and spent on the living, through the re-use of graves,” he said.
He said such a move would involve lifting out remains from graves that are more than 75-years-old, burying them deeper in the same grave and then re-using the space on top.
A 2007 law permits this in London cemeteries but does not yet apply to the rest of England.
The City of London Cemetery, which is run by the City of London Corporation, is the only cemetery preparing to “lift and deepen”.
Gary Burks, superintendent of the cemetery, said: “I believe that is achievable and acceptable. And I feel that it’s appropriate for the world we live in.