Flowers and 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.
Visitors may not plant bulbs, flowers, shrubs or grasses on the plots. No seed may be scattered on the burial ground as 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.
One of the great advantages of green burial is that minimal maintenance is carried out at the site to keep the carbon footprint low.
In a natural burial ground there is no such thing as an unkempt grave; the site should, in time, look exactly the same as before. A woodland burial can also offer the peace that for some comes with anonymity and a gentle return to nature.
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. Flat stones laid on the forest floor have an important ecological role in most temperate forests and most invertebrates, in particular ants and beetles, benefit from an ample supply.
Inappropriate items will be removed by the Estate without notice. This will include plastic flowers, containers, wind charms, toys etc.
Please take time to read and understand the Regulations that relate to this Burial Ground.
“The days of man are but as grass: for he flourisheth as a flower of a field.
For as soon as the wind goeth over it, it is gone:
and the place thereof shall know it no more.”
Psalm 103, v.15
…we had many good reactions to my mother’s funeral and I do not think any one else had attended a woodland or natural burial before. The place is beautiful and the weather was lovely, but the more practical minded noted that there was no sign of a JCB, nor even really of tracks and that the grave had been perfectly dug.October 2012