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The Dalton Woodland Burial Ground is set in a mature mixed woodland at the foot of the Dalton Crags at the heart of the Dalton Hall Estate, Burton-in-Kendal, Cumbria.

Environmentally Friendly

A green burial is an environmentally sustainable and often less expensive alternative to existing funeral practices where the body is returned to the earth to decompose naturally and be recycled into new life.

Award Winning

In January 2021 the Dalton Woodland Burial Ground was named by The Natural Death Centre as The Best Natural Burial Ground in the North of England.

Natural burial is not for everyone but if you love the countryside and care for the environment it offers you a real choice to do something positive at the end of your life.

Return to Earth, naturally

Woodland burial or green burial is not for everyone but if you love the countryside and care for the environment it offers you a real choice to do something positive at the end of your life.

A natural burial is an environmentally sustainable and often less expensive alternative to existing funeral practices where the body is returned to the earth to decompose naturally and be recycled into new life.

Planning for your own or someone else’s funeral is something we all have to consider at some point in our lives. We highly recommend you arrange to meet us and have a guided tour of the natural burial ground; let us show you this unique and special corner of South Lakeland.

“Do not stand at my grave and weep:
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.”

Mary Elizabeth Frye (1905-2004)

What is a green burial

Woodland Burial or Natural Burial or Green Burial are terms used to describe the burial of human remains where the burial area creates habitat for wildlife or preserves existing habitats which are rich in flora and fauna.

Where a funeral precedes such burial, it would seek to minimise environmental impact by prohibiting embalming and where a coffin is used, ensuring that this be made of natural biodegradable materials.

Natural Burial or Green Burial is a statement of personal values for many people who seek to minimise their impact on the planet and make a positive contribution to tackling climate change. For people who are mindful of the cyclical nature of all life, natural burial is a spiritually fulfilling alternative to the conventional funeral.

“No motion has she now, no force;
She neither hears nor sees;
Rolled round in earth’s diurnal course,
With rocks, and stones, and trees.”

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

Woodland burial?

Natural burial or green burial, is one the fastest growing environmental movements in the UK helped by such slogans as “giving the body back to nature” and “leave the world a better place” .

Funerals and Services

The majority of burials at the Dalton Woodland Burial Ground take place with some type of funeral ceremony around the grave; sometimes it consists of the traditional faith based funeral rites but more often the ceremony is non-religious or humanist.

Attending a Burial

Visitors are welcomed 365 days a year from dawn to dusk but please note that there are no facilities at the site. Suitable footwear such as sturdy shoes, walking boots or Wellington boots should be worn.

Woodland Burial

The Dalton Natural Woodland Burial Ground is set in mature mixed woodland at the foot of Dalton Crags at the heart of the Dalton Hall Estate, Burton-in-Kendal, Cumbria. From the summit of Dalton Crags there is a 360 degree panoramic view over Morecambe Bay, the Lake District, the Howgill Fells, the Lune Valley, Ingleborough, the Bowland Fells and on the clearest of days the faint outline of the mountains of Snowdonia can be seen far to the south west.

In January 2021 the Dalton Woodland Burial Ground was named by The Natural Death Centre as The Best Natural Burial Ground in the North of England.

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Following the latest opening up of society as set out in the Government 'Roadmap out of lockdown' the number of people able to attend a funeral will be determined by the number that can be safely accomodated at the venue with social distancing in place.

As our ceremonies and burials take place outside in the open air we consider the risk to spreading the coronavius to be minimal and we do not require the wearing of facemasks.

Please do not attend a burial if you feel unwell with any of the Covid-19 virus symptoms.
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Today we celebrated the life of a wonderful gentleman at the beautiful Dalton Woodland Burial Grounds

Amongst the sadness and loss, there was laughter and smiles as his family read personal readings and shared fantastic stories of a life well led.

He will be greatly missed.

Photo: www.daltonwoodlandburiel.co.uk

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Today we celebrated the life of a wonderful gentleman at the beautiful Dalton Woodland Burial Grounds  Amongst the sadness and loss, there was laughter and smiles as his family read personal readings and shared fantastic stories of a life well led.  He will be greatly missed.  Photo: www.daltonwoodlandburiel.co.uk  #celebrationoflife #woodlandburiel #funeralcelebrant

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A personal and heartfelt service and a beautiful place to be laid to rest. It was a privilege to be part of this families farewell service.

What a beautiful place to say goodbye to your loved ones

How beautiful it looks 💕

What a beautiful place ! Stunning 💕

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