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Scattering Ashes – Welsh Historic Sites


Good news for those from Wales and lovers of welsh historic sites, Cadw the organisation that looks after 130 historic welsh sites have a policy and a procedure – as follows:

Written requests (by letter or email – please see details below) to be made to Cadw, with basic information including which site the family/friends wish to carry out the scattering, and on what date (if they have one in mind).

Necessary enquiries made within Cadw (to check suitability of site/date/timing etc and to make sure there are no events/works etc taking place at the monument which could conflict with a scattering.

Cadw clears the request with the Environmental Health Officer of the relevant local authority.

Postal and email details:

Plas Carew
Unit 5/7 Cefn Coed
Parc Nangarw
CF15 7QQ

Once the above has been done, written approval can be issued, which also includes two basic conditions, which are:

1) There must be no disturbance of the ground; and

2) the scattering to be carried out discreetly to ensure privacy for the family/friends, and also out of courtesy for our other visitors.


This information was correct at the time of publication, organisations can change their position so for the most accurate information please contact the origination in question directly.

18 thoughts on “Scattering Ashes – Welsh Historic Sites

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    Tanya - 1st October 2022

    My dad wanted his ashes to realised at Cardiff arms park the old site o have no idea of this is possible I only have a small amount but would like to grant his wish. Is that possible at all please many thanks

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      Richard Martin - 5th October 2022

      Hi Tanya
      I would suggest contacting the current owner of the site – it would appear to be

      I hope it goes well
      Kind regards

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    Laura O'Day - 29th April 2022

    I lost my dad in January 2020 and his final wishes were to be scattered from Harlech Castle, which is a place he always loved.
    Unfortunately due to the pandemic hitting shortly after, plus all the covid restrictions, we were unable to carry these wishes out for him.
    We’ve now decided upon a suitable date for finally scattering his ashes and with Cadw’s permission and the date being acceptable, and would very much like to propose the date of 29/05/2022 to be able to carry this out please?
    The 29th of May is my dad’s birthday, so it would mean a great deal to finally lay his remains to rest, especially after so long.

    I hope this request is a suitable one, and would just like to take the opportunity to thank the Cadw team for considering my request in finally laying my dad to rest in the place his heart was always at.

    Thank you

    Best wishes & kind regards

    Laura O’Day

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 4th May 2022

      Hi Laura
      You would need to approach Cadw directly – this is there website – I hope it goes well

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    Ceri Smith - 22nd October 2021

    My grandmother’s wishes were to be taken back and scattered at home. Is it allowed to scatter at Aberdare Park ? Thank you

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      Richard Martin - 1st November 2021

      Dear Ceri – these are the contact details for people you need to check with: Rhondda Cynon Taf Tourism – Telephone: 01443 424084 | Email:

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    Lesley Harrison - 18th October 2021

    Would you be able to advise whether there are any sites in Monmouthshire where we could honour my mother’s wishes for her ashes to be scattered in the area to which she had been evacuated from the East End of London as a young girl during WW2 and where she felt most at home.

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      Richard Martin - 20th October 2021

      Lesley this is very wide question. Can you remember where she talked about? Are the friends or family that remember, is their any pictures? Or, The river that flows through Monmouth is lovely and you wouldn’t need permission.

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    Gareth Williams - 12th March 2021

    Dear Sir/Madame,
    When the time arrives, l wish to have half of my ashes scattered at Tintern Abbey in the Wye Valley, Monmouthshire.
    Is this possible please?
    I know that the site is operated by Cadw on behalf of the Welsh Government.
    Many thanks

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      Richard Martin - 15th March 2021

      Dear Gareth
      My advice would be to contact the site operators directly here is the page you need
      I hope everything works out okay.
      Kind regards

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    L Evans - 23rd January 2021

    Hi are you able to scatter ashes at Roath Park in the rose gardens?

    Thank you

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      Richard Martin - 27th January 2021

      Dear L Evans
      Roath Park Cardiff, Wales, is one of Cardiff’s most popular parks, owned by Cardiff County Council and managed by the Parks Section you would need to contact them, scattering in urban parks is often prohibited due to usage.

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    Jane Bailey - 23rd June 2020

    Is it possible to scatter ashes at Cardiff Bay?
    I’d like to do this the weekend I’d 8 Aug 2020
    Thank you

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 24th June 2020

      Dear Jane

      Currently we have no boats operating in Cardiff bay, although I am sure there are charter companies that can help you. You don’t need a licence or permission for this and you can do this from the waters edge if no service is available.
      I hope this helps
      Kind regards

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    Natasha - 29th August 2019

    I would like to know if it’s possible to scatter ashes at the beach in Porth dafarch on Anglesey- are their any restrictions?

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      Richard Martin - 30th August 2019

      The beach appears to be owned by the National Trust who are accepting of scattering ceremonies, I would also suggest going to our page on beach scattering for general advise on the this method of scattering. Thanks

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    Andrew William Bebb - 27th November 2018

    I wish my ashes to be scattered at The Rhondda Golf course, if possible

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      Richard Martin - 27th November 2018

      Dear Mr Bebb
      Golf clubs don’t tend to declare their scattering policy, however many can be quite accommodating for members. You would need to contact the club directly I have looked up the contact page for you:

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