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Acorn Ridge near Newbury.  Yew Tree Farm, Ball Hill, RG20 0NG.  website click here. email them here.   Tel 07884 262349 or 01635 254485  

Oct 2006 - Julia Godwin buried her mum here in 2004.  She's since been back many times and been very pleased with the upkeep, and the fact that the site is kept very natural, with flat stones and many organic pest control features (e.g. insect nesting boxes*). The wooden benches are all held together with wooden pegs - no nails. 

*I wondered if she really meant insect boxes.  But she did.  Little boxes for ladybirds and all sorts of other insects that eat smaller bugs and reduce the need for insecticides.

The Arbory Trust (click here) runs a Christian site west of Cambridge.   

Bidwell Woodland burial site.  Near the village of Rattery in South Devon.  Click here

Breach Farm, St Mary Bourne, Hampshire. Click here.  

Brinkley Woodland Cemetery, Near Six Mile Bottom, Cambridgeshire.  Click here.

Brocklands, Near Settle. Yorkshire  

Carlisle City Council, Tel 01228 817000, Fax 01228 512742.  Civic Centre, CARLISLE, Cumbria CA3 8QG.  They have run a green burial site since 1994.

Clovery Woods, Brackenrig, Fyvie, near Turriff in Aberdeenshire.  AB53 8QR Tel: 01651 891654

Corstorphine Hill in Edinburgh. Scotland's longest established site.   I've been told that the tapestry artist Sax Shaw is buried there.  If anyone knows any more please let us know.  

Woodland Burial Glade at Thornhill Cemetery in Cardiff (Tel 029 2062 3294).  

Clithero.  Ribble Valley Council has opened a Woodland burial site at Waddington Road Cemetery adjacent to Boy Bank Wood overlooking the Ribble.   Contact David Hewitt, Countryside Officer, Ribble Valley Borough Council, Church Walk, Clitheroe. BB7 2RA. Tel. 01200 414505.  Or click here.

Colney Woodland Burial Park, Norwich. Click here.  

Cothiemuir Hill near the river Don in Aberdeenshire.  Managed by Native Woodland ltd.  Click here.  

Craufurdland Woods, Midland Farm, Fenwick. Ayrshire.   Contact Simon Craufurd. Tel 01560 600760  email here.  Website here.

Crossways Farm, Cheriton Bishop, Exeter.  Devon.  EX6 6JD.  Martin and Julie Chatfield have just opened a woodland burial site on their farm on the edge of Dartmoor.   They have just (May 2004) had their first burial.   Email them here. They have a website here.

Eternal Forest Trust Ltd. 22 West End Parade, Pwllheli, Gwynedd. LL53 5PN.  Click here

Gertrude's Pasture in Scotton, near Harrogate.  See Alice Barker Welfare and Wildlife Trust below.

Glenley Green Burials, near Kirkcudbright in Scotland.  Run by Osborne Funeral Directors.  Click here

Golden Valley Country Park, near Ripley. Click here

Greenfields Woodland of Remembrance.  Malvern Road. Staunton in Gloucestershire.   It has been operating for about nine months although the official opening is May 2007. Click here for the website.  Email here.   Tel 01452 840460.   Mobile 07718 595584

Greenhaven burial grounds near Rugby (Tel 01788 860604)   Featured on BBC Radio Four on 21 Jan 2005.   Click here to read more.   

Sheela Hammond attended a recent burial there and writes, 3 Feb 2006: "The service was exactly what we had asked for.  The 10 acres of Warwickshire farmland was beautiful and peaceful, and starlings provided a background chorus.  Our hazel tree will add to the foresting.  The owner was not only sympathetic and sensitive but had a sense of humour.  While making the arrangements, I became anxious about reserving my own plot.  He replied: 'Don't worry, there's another nine and a half acres'.  I know where I'm going when the time comes!"

Ham Down Woodland Burial. Bere Marsh Farm, Shillingstone. Dorset DT11 OQY  Tel: 01258 860284 Click here or email Fiona Gerardin

 

A. B. Welfare and Wildlife Trust in Harrogate (Tel 01423 530900 or 868121).   

 

Herongate Wood, Billericay Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3PS.  Tel. 01992 814 909.  Email here.  14 acre site owned by The Woodland and Wildlife Conservation Company Ltd.  For website click here

Hinton Park, New Forest.  Click here

Hinton Park Woodland Burial Ground near Christchurch, Dorset (tel 01425 278910).

 

Hundy Mundy Wood, near Kelso. Operated by Native Woodland Ltd, The Studio, 64b The Causeway, Duddingston Village, Edinburgh EH15 3PZ.  Tel : 0131 6617337.  Email here, or click here.

Owned by the 13th Earl of Haddington.

Ketton Park Green Burial site,. near Oakham in Rutland Tel 01780 460000, mobile 07801 090777, or mail@greenburial.co.uk

 

Kirkcudbright.  There are plans for a green burial site here.  Details from Another Way, c/o South West Environmental Action Project, 17 Castle Street, Kirkcudbright. DG6 4JA, Scotland.  Tel 01557 331993. e-mail here 

 

Lords Wood green burial ground. Located between Malvern and Worcester in the West Midlands.  This is still at the planning application stage. Click here for details.

 

Memorial Woodlands, Earthcott Green, Bristol.  Tel. 01454 414 999, Fax: 01454 419 081 email here.  Website click here.   They own the hearse in which Winston Churchill was carried on his final journey.  Click here for more.

 

Much Hoole Woodland Burial Ground, Moss House Lane, Much Hoole, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 4TD.  Claims to be the only consecrated Woodland Burial Ground in the North of England.  Situated  next to the village Church, who can offer their services if required.  Contact Mr Geoff Whalley on 01772-612900.  Click here for website

 

Muchwood Green, 88 High Street, Ramsey, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE26 1BS.   Tel. 01487 815741 Click here   

 

Natural Endings, Manchester. Tel 0800 197 0401. Click here

 

Nature Reserve Burial Ground, South Warwickshire.  tel : 01608 684600 / 0779 229 4414  Click here.  Email here

Peace funerals (click here) run two sites.  One in South Yorkshire (click here)  and one in Golden valley in Derbyshire (click here)   

Oakfield Wood 256, High St. Dovercourt.  Harwich Essex CO12 3PA.  Tel: 0800 374759  

Oakfield Wood Green Burial Ground in Manningtree, Essex (tel 01255 880182).

Olney Green Burial Ground, Yardley Road, Olney, Buckinghamshire MK46 5EH.  Run by The Green Burial Company Tel 01234 241808  Fax 01234 240363 Email information@thegreenburialcompany.plc.uk  Website www.thegreenburialcompany.plc.uk

Parkside Woodland Burial Ground, Gerards Cross, Buckinghamshire (Tel 01753 662426).  

Prestwold Natural Burial ground.  Near Loughborough. Tel  0116 2220247

I popped into this lovely site on a late autumn afternoon, while driving back from Leicester.  It was easy to find from the A60 heading out of Loughborough towards Nottingham.  Just after crossing the river Soar, turn right, and then 0.5 mile later, right again.  Both turnings are signposted to the Natural Burial Ground.   The track is initially potholed tarmac and then unsurfaced.  (iGreens love potholed tarmac. Click here to read why.)   

The site is about four acres on a small hill, and still very young.  The main site is already planted with saplings and the owners are gradually replacing the border of conifers with deciduous trees.   Rather too many oaks for a purist perhaps, but that's understandable.  Paths have been made between the graves, and alongside them are wooden posts with commemorative plaques.   Here and there are bench seats.  A number of the graves were recently tended, but no-one else was about.  Many held the remains of rather young people; I noticed a man in his 20's and a woman in her 40's.  Environmentalists both I hope.  They are now anyway.  The Soar, which is canoeable at this point, ran just out of sight in the valley.   I cried a bit, but was happy.  It is a good place.  Jim Thornton. 6 Nov 2002

Feb 2005 Update - The Natural Burial Company, who run Prestwold Natural Burial ground, now have a second ground at Scraptoft, Leicester.  Click here to read more 

Pontsmill Human Green Burial and Pet Cemetery in Par, Cornwall (Tel 01726 813975).

Rose Farm, Penwith, West Cornwall.  Click here   

The Nature Reserve Burial Ground at Saddleworth Cemetery near Oldham (Tel 01457 876665).  

Scraptoft, Leicester.  Tel 0116 222 0247.   Run by The Natural Burial Company. Click here.

South Yorkshire Woodland Burial Ground.  Click here

Stapenhill Cemetery at Burton on Trent has a woodland section  

Tarn Moor, Skipton, Yorkshire.  Click here

Tithe Green Burial Ground, Grange Farm, Oxton, Southwell. NG25 0RG. Tel/Fax 01623 882210

This is my local green burial site.  It is situated just off the A614 Nottingham-Doncaster road.  Leave Nottingham on the A64 to Mansfield and at a roundabout fork right on the A614.  After about 4 miles the right turn to the burial ground is well signposted, and the burial ground car park is 1/4 mile down Salterford lane on the left.  

 

Situated in parkland, the burial ground lies within the boundary of the historic Sherwood Forest.  The grassland site adjacent to Darcliff Hill wood is part of the Oxton estate, which has been owned and managed by the Sherbrooke family for over 400 years.  

 

As the plots are filled, the burial area will be allowed to develop into a wild flower meadow by twice yearly mowing.  The graves will become invisible but a plan of their location will be kept.   Biodegradable coffins must be used.  Commemorative trees can be planted on other parts of the estate.  

 

Prices (1992): Single plot of immediate burial £280; Pre-paid plot £250; Grave digging and reinstatement £120; Tree (including stake guard and maintenance) £70   Click here for some pictures.

 

August 2006 note - Some people consider this site permits too much grave memorabilia, not always in the spirit of woodland burial.  Others have criticised the widespread mowing.  

Usk Castle Chase, Usk, Monmouthshire: managed by Native Woodland Ltd, The Market Tavern, 26 Agincourt Square , Monmouth NP25 3BT.  Tel: 01600 716438 www.nativewoodland.co.uk; info@nativewoodland.co.uk

The land is owned by Rosie Humphreys and surrounded on three sides by mature woodland with south views.  No memorial stones or artificial planting.  

Westall Park at Holberrow Green near Redditch B96 6JY Tel: 01386 792806  Fax: 01386 793253 Click here

Westhope Burial Ground near Craven Arms, Shropshire (tel 01584 861293).

I believe that there are also sites elsewhere is Scotland in Angus, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Dunbartonshire, Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire and Stirling, but I don't have any more details of these at present.

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Other useful links

The Natural Death Centre, 6 Blackstock Mews, Blackstock Road, London N4 2BT, UK (click here) aims to support people dying at home and to help people to arrange inexpensive, green funerals. It maintains a list of all the woodland burial sites in the UK (of which I gather there are now over 200) and runs a helpline on 0871 288 2098 (9.30am to 5.30pm weekdays).  The 4th edition of their Handbook contains a list of all the sites, a full list of biodegradable coffin manufacturers and a good funeral director guide.

The Alice Barker Welfare and Wildlife Trust, (7 Knox Road, Harrogate, North Yorks HG1 3EF, Tel 01423 530900), owns Gertrude's Pasture, a three-and-a-half acre site in Scotton, which was donated by Gertrude Martin in 1989.   It had accommodated 50 green burials until December 2003 when the local council declined to allow any more.  (Note- I'm not sure whether that decision was successfully appealed.)   The Charity was set up by John Bradfield (author of Green Burial - the DIY Guide to Law and Practice - now out of print).  

North American Woodland Burial Society

The Association Of Independent Funeral Advisers is building a network of trained advisers who will ensure that bereaved families have all the information they need when planning a funeral, including family involvement, green burials, burial on private land and the best of coffins urns and shrouds. Tel: 01803 840779
www.funeraladvisers.org.uk

If I should die  

Bamboo Eco Coffin Tel 01795 472262  Fax 01795 422633. Email info@bamboocoffins.co.uk 
Highsted Farm, Highsted Valley, SITTINGBOURNE, Kent ME9 0AG

Compakta eco-caskets and coffins

The Green Funeral Company, click here, Trekenner Mill, Trekenner, Launceston, Cornwall. PL15 9PN. Tel: 01579 370039. Email here.  Alternative green undertakers and celebrants who have been operating in Devon and Cornwall for 5 years.

The Family Tree Funeral Company, The Old Painswick Inn, Gloucester St. Stroud, Glos. HL5 1QG Tel 01453 676 769.  Click here  

Green fuse (click here) are a group of floral artists, and funeral celebrants who arrange green funerals in Devon and the south west. Tel: 01803 840779.

Peace Funerals 

The Bereavement Services portal Not specifically woodland burials but a large list of UK burial sites.

The Somerset Willow Company, click here, manufactures willow coffins in Bridgwater, Somerset.  Tel 01278 424003, email Enquiries@somersetwillow.co.uk Fax 01278 446415

We Need To Talk About the Funeral - 101 Practical Ways To Commemorate and Celebrate A Life by Jane Morrell and Simon Smith (foreword by Claire Rayner OBE) is an invaluable guide on how to plan and arrange a personal and inspirational funeral with information on family involvement, green burials, burial on private land and the best of coffins urns and shrouds. www.WeNeedToTalkAboutTheFuneral.com

Email here if you would like your green burial organisation listed on this page.

Click here to read the iGreen take on Woodland burial.

Click here for green burial sites in the United States

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Finally: is anyone looking to buy a potential woodland burial site?  Helen Seelig writes:

We would like to find a buyer for our woodland site of 10 and half acres, which is five miles from Lincoln crematorium and would make a very peaceful resting place. It is something I had contemplated doing with the land as there is a lake and many wild animals.  There are no neighbours or electricity or water. There is an old wooden barn and a derelict mobile home. We were looking for about £100K. email here

 

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