Natural or Woodland (Green) Burial Grounds are similar to cemeteries, however, with one key difference, they are managed according to ecologically sound principles, to create informal and nature-rich areas without the formality and memorials of traditional cemeteries. Our burial grounds are places full of natural life and offer an ideal environment for peaceful reflection, within nature.
Natural Burials are the only real, sustainable alternative to all other forms of conventional burial or cremation. Whilst we recognise that cremation is a popular or maybe even necessary option for many, we at the Natural Burial Company firmly believe that a natural burial is far less damaging to the environment. This is backed up by evidence from several academic studies, and simply through applying some common sense. Please refer to ‘Our Commitment to the Environment we live in’ for more information.
Visitors are welcome at any time to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our burial grounds and to watch the developing wildlife habitats. We believe that your visits will provide you with a suitable place for reflection as well as bringing comfort to you and your relatives.
Our natural burial grounds do not have traditional headstones, but there are several other fitting ways to memorialise a loved one. Graves can be planted with a tree to create a natural, living memorial and marked with a post and slate plaque engraved with an appropriate inscription. Over time the burial ground will slowly return to its natural state and become a refuge for wildlife. What more fitting way to complete the cycle of life?
We also offer other forms of memorialisation that are fully in keeping with our aim to establish areas of natural beauty where wildlife can flourish long into the future, either with bird nesting boxes, bat roosting boxes, oak or stone benches.
We have to prohibit the planting of non-native seeds or plants on graves, as it would prevent the generation of a natural landscape in keeping with the local ecology of each of our burial grounds, and we reserve the right to remove any inappropriate plants without prior notice. Please refer to the Rules and Regulations that govern our burial grounds for further details.
We of course encourage native species to establish themselves in our burial grounds, and supply wild flower seed mixes free of charge for sowing on graves.