Regulations

Introduction

We are keen to ensure that the natural burial ground remains true to its ethos and it is important that it can be enjoyed as a place of peace and quiet reflection at all times. The Dalton Woodland Burial Ground is also a haven for native flora and fauna and we strive to manage the woodland for the benefit of all.

Definitions

Lime Kiln Plantation, the site of the Dalton Woodland Burial Ground and part of the Dalton Hall Estate is owned by the Trustees of Francis Mason-Hornby and their heirs and successors and control of the burial ground is vested in the owners and employees of the Dalton Hall Estate, hereafter referred to as the Estate. The Applicant is either the Funeral Director making arrangements on behalf of the next of kin, or the legal personal representative of the deceased.

Opening times and visitor access to the site

Visitors are welcomed 365 days a year from dawn to dusk (i.e. from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset) The main gates are padlocked at most times; the padlock PIN code is 2442 (the last 4 digits of our phone number) you need to depress the shackle after dialling in the correct PIN. Please close and lock the gates after your visit – remember to scramble the padlock PIN. Please note that there are no facilities at the site and the nearest lavatory is at the Dalton Hall Business Centre.

Visitors enter the Dalton Woodland Burial Ground at their own risk and the Estate will not accept any liability whatsoever for the loss of or damage to any vehicle, its contents or visitor’s possessions unless it is proved to be directly caused by the negligence, or willful act or willful default of the Estate or it’s employees or agents.

Visitors should recognise that they need to take care on uneven and possibly muddy or slippery ground; suitable footwear such as sturdy shoes, walking boots or Wellington boots should be worn. Please use common sense and avoid the woodland in storms or periods of high winds.

All visitors to the site must give due consideration and respect to other ceremonies and services that may be taking place at the time of their visit, regardless of the religious or spiritual persuasion concerned.

Dogs are welcomed to the site, however, any visitors bringing their pet with them must ensure that any mess their dog makes is immediately cleared and then removed from the site upon their departure.
Visitors are reminded that, in keeping with the natural appearance of the site, no litter bins are provided at the burial ground; it is expected that visitors will take their litter home e.g. ribbon or plastic wrappings left within bunches of flowers.

Mobile phones must be switched off or kept on ‘silent’ out of respect to others.

Although the Estate encourages a celebratory atmosphere at the burial ground, activities which may be offensive to others are not permitted without the express permission of the Estate. Examples are: Ball games, Games which emit an unnatural sound (e.g. electronic devices etc.), Radios or other amplified music other than as part of a burial ceremony, Barbecues, Camping.

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times, unless the specific permission of the Estate has been granted.
The Estate reserves the right to close all or part of the site at any time and without prior notice if in the interest of public safety.

Disabled Access

Because of the natural topography of the site disabled access is in places limited please contact the Estate Office for assistance with your visit; we are only too happy to help. Please note that there are no facilities at the site and the nearest disabled lavatory is at the Stable Yard, Dalton Hall

Plot allocation and records

The Estate offers plots based on the natural development of the site and individual locations cannot be reserved or specified

All plots are marked following interment by a system of markers and measurements and are recorded in a Register of Burials in accordance with the Registration of Burials Act 1864, Births and Deaths Registration Act 1926 and 1953, Registration of Births and Deaths Regulations 1987. Burial records are available to view at the Estate Office on request. Personal data will be held in accordance to the Data Protection Act 1998.

A certificate will be issued by the Estate, stating the date of interment, plot reference and period of exclusivity. It is the responsibility of the Applicant to keep the Estate updated with their contact details.

Definitions and terms of plots

Ownership of Exclusive Right of Burial does not imply ownership of the land itself or the right to carry out any particular activity on the grave plot. The land is still owned by the Estate and their heirs and successors. It does allow the owner to decide who may be buried there, however. Please note that although Exclusive Right of Burial is granted for a period of ninety nine years, the maximum permissible in law, this does not imply any intention on our part to resell the grave or reuse it in any way that may cause disturbance to human remains. A single grave right is described by the Estate as being a defined plot of a size suitable for the burial of one coffin and a specified grave right for ashes as a size suitable for the interment of one container of cremated remains. A double grave right is described by the Estate as being a defined plot of a size suitable for the burial of two coffins and a specified grave right for two sets of ashes as a size suitable for the interment of two containers of cremated remains.

Access to Graves

Access is 365 days a year from dawn to dusk (i.e. from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset) but please note that at certain times access to individual graves may be restricted, for instance when an adjacent grave is being dug, but any disturbance will be kept to a minimum.

The Estate reserves the right to close all or part of the site at any time and without prior notice in the interest of public safety.

Funerals and Services

The Dalton Woodland Burial Ground is available to all, subject to the payment of the relevant fees, regardless of race, religion or beliefs and although the site is not consecrated individual grave sites can be blessed.

Burials / interments are performed from Monday to Friday. The Applicant may make arrangements with a Funeral Director or directly with the Estate.
Usually a minimum of three clear working days notice is required to prepare a plot, but the Estate will make every effort to accommodate the needs of the Applicant.

The Estate will only accept a maximum of 2 funerals or services on any given day. Bookings are made in such a way that no funeral or service will overlap with another, allowing complete peace and privacy.

The Estate must be in possession of the completed statutory paperwork, plus the Dalton Woodland Burial Ground Application Form and Notice of Interment Form and be in receipt of the relevant fees prior to any interment or burial taking place.

The back filling of graves will be carried out by the Estate after the funeral or service has been completed, and all members of the party have left the site. If any members of the party wish to take part in or observe the back filling, the Estate is happy to make arrangements.

No remains may be exhumed from the site without a licence granted by the Secretary of State for Justice

A body that has been subject to embalming or treated with formaldehyde may not be interred at the site other than in exceptional circumstances i.e. a body repatriated from abroad and only with the express permission of the Registrar.
Persons who have had a notifiable disease at the time of death may not be interred at the site without further measures being taken under the Health Protection Regulations; in such cases, the local council or the Health Protection Agency will advise appropriate action.

Conservation, wildlife and maintenance

Visitors may not plant bulbs, flowers, shrubs or grasses on the plots. No seed may be scattered on the burial ground unless approved by the Estate. Many seeds sold commercially as ‘wild’ or ‘woodland’ have inappropriate species within the mixture or come from abroad. Construction or maintenance of “flower beds” is not permitted.

No trees may be planted on the site, except by the Estate.

Picking of flowers, shrubs or grasses is prohibited and no naturally germinated seedlings apart from bramble, thistle and nettle may be weeded from the plots.

Visitors must take care to create as little disturbance as possible to the flora and fauna and where possible keep to the natural pathways through the wood.
The Estate will carry out all required maintenance at the site.

Flowers and other memorials

Only fresh flowers may be left at the site, and no containers, oasis floral foam or vases are permitted, except immediately after a funeral or service when floral arrangements are accepted. The Estate will remove floral arrangements after 3 days; fresh flowers will be left in situ.

Depending on the wishes of the Executor(s) of the deceased or the owner(s) of the Exclusive Right of Burial graves can be marked by a single A4 sized memorial carved out of natural local slate to a standard design laid flush to the ground. This must be purchased from, supplied and installed by the Estate to ensure uniformity.

Inappropriate items will be removed by the Estate without notice. This will include plastic flowers, containers, wind charms, toys etc. The use of sky lanterns or any other source of airborne litter is strictly prohibited.

Coffins, urns and shrouds

All burial or interment vessels including fixtures, fittings and liners must be of biodegradable construction; the Estate can provide details of suitable suppliers.
Coffins made of veneered chipboard or MDF are banned as are coffins made from tropical hardwoods, even those from assumed sustainable sources.
Cremated remains may be poured directly into a specified plot.
Wedding rings and similar objects may be interred with burials or ashes.

Miscellaneous

A new price list will be published annually, but the Estate reserves its right to amend fees more frequently if necessary.
These Regulations are subject to change without notice