Natural Burial Grounds

The ethos behind a woodland burial is to return the body to the earth in a natural way with a completely environmentally friendly burial or scattering of ashes. A woodland burial is the perfect option for those looking for somewhere natural, peaceful and beautiful to say goodbye and celebrate the life of a loved one, as ceremonies can take place by the graveside or site where the ashes will be scattered. Many sites also provide indoor options for ceremonies if needed. 

Simply select an area of the country below to view some of the woodland burial grounds near you. Please note that woodland burials are becoming increasingly popular and there are now over 270 sites across the UK, so this is not an exhaustive list.

Belsay Woodland Burials

01661 881 206

Belsay Woodland Burials offers a beautiful natural burial ground in the heart of Northumberland, close to Newcastle and Tyneside. Owned and managed by Belsay Estate, this stunning landscape, which is home to Belsay Hall and Castle, has remained largely unchanged for over 800 years. Belsay Woodland will be developed gradually and harmoniously with only indigenous species of trees and flowers planted.

 

When it comes to funerals, you can choose exactly how you want to organise things; ceremonies can take place beforehand or at the graveside, and can be based on either traditional faith or non-religious, humanist principles. Burials or interments are performed from Monday to Friday, and plenty of time is provided for families to say goodbye to their loved ones.

Arranging the funeral of a loved one, or planning your own, is something that most of us are faced with at some point; the team at Belsay are here to help you through this process, and they welcome you to contact them with any questions or concerns.

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Deerton Natural Burial Ground

01795 520 520

The award-winning Deerton Natural Burial Ground is privately owned by Kent Natural Burials Ltd, and is situated between Faversham and Sittingbourne. Deerton provides an informal, nature-rich environment for peaceful reflection on our own lives and those of the loved ones who rest there, and great care is taken to protect the existing environment as well as gradually enhancing it by careful, eco-friendly management.

The loss of a loved one is inevitably a time of sadness and grief, however the funeral can be a time to celebrate that life, and the team at Deerton do all they can to be of assistance. Funerals at Deerton are bespoke: the choice of the departed and their family and friends. There may be two, twenty two or one hundred and two persons at the grave side. There might be singing, the reciting of poems or silence. It is a very personal event.

At the time of need, or for arranging 'end of life' affairs to be added to a Last Will and Testament, your wishes will be KNB's primary concern. They offer a bespoke service to all and welcome people of all beliefs and faiths. 

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Eden Valley

01732 860 109

Eden Valley Woodland Burial Ground, located in Edenbridge, Kent, is an award-winning 20-acre cemetery operated and managed by the Natural Death Centre charity. Developed specifically for natural burials, this peaceful site offers a beautiful and secluded resting place.

 

Burials take place in an area adjacent to the ancient bluebell woodland, amongst younger but well-established oak trees. There are no time limits for services, so there is no chance of feeling rushed or hurried as you say your goodbyes. People of all faiths and beliefs are welcomed at Eden Valley, and there are no fixed rules or formats to be followed. Those hoping for an outdoor funeral ceremony are welcome to hold this at the graveside, or if preferred you can have a small private interment followed by a memorial service another day. You should organise whatever is right for you or satisfies the wishes of the deceased. 

Whether you are you considering natural burial for a family member, friend or for yourself, the team at Eden Valley will make you most welcome and explain everything you need to know.

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Fairspear Natural Burial Ground

01993 878 387

Fairspear Natural Burial Ground is a one-acre site set within a 7½  acre field on the edge of the Cotswolds in a stunning location overlooking rolling countryside.

 

This natural burial ground was planted with young trees in 2000 and the site is steadily maturing into a place of exceptional natural beauty and serenity overlooking the tranquil, rural valley with its westerly views towards the pretty village of Shipton-under-Wychwood. The location is ideal for those looking for a peaceful and environmentally friendly resting place, with plots available within the peace and shade of the Woodland or with a view across the valley in the Wildflower Meadow.

 

People of all faiths and beliefs are welcome at Fairspear, and humanist funerals are gladly accommodated. All types of biodegradable coffin are welcomed and they can advise you on most types of coffins and cremation caskets and urns available. You will be able to identify your loved ones final place of rest with a tasteful wooden plaque placed on, or by the grave.

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Olney Green Burial Ground

01234 241 808

Olney Green Burial Ground is a peaceful and fitting resting place set in nearly ten acres of beautiful countryside within a few miles of Milton Keynes, Bedford and Northampton.

 

Olney provides a resting place for all who embrace the countryside, love birdsong and wildlife, and who want to be at one with nature. Mowed pathways are maintained through the grass for easy access to individual graves, while the remaining grasses are left to grow naturally and provide a natural habitat for wildlife. As a green and environmentally friendly burial ground, Olney asks that trees are planted instead of headstones to create living memorials for all who rest there. 

Celebrant-led funerals or funerals of any religious denomination are welcome, and these may be held at the graveside with live or recorded music played if desired. There is not likely to be another funeral on the same day, meaning there are no time constraints for ceremonies or for quiet reflection. Sometimes a marquee can also be provided on site, if required. The aim is to provide a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere for all users and visitors to Olney, and the caring staff can help you to arrange and organise the perfect funeral for your loved one. 

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St. Albans Woodland Burial Trust

01234 342 613

The award-winning St. Albans Woodland Burial Trust offers a beautiful woodland burial ground in Bedford, expanding to over 12 acres and encompassing 24 stunning glades and rills. St. Albans embraces the most eco-friendly and green ways possible and is one of only two protected woodland burial sites in the UK, meaning it has the greatest level of protection that can be afforded under English Law.

The ground is open to all people without discrimination, welcoming people of all faiths, and those with no religious faith. Graveside ceremonies can be conducted by any approved minister or celebrant, and after the service of committal family and friends can spend as much time as they like at the graveside. 

Whether you are planning the funeral of a loved one or making arrangements for your own burial, the team of trained and dedicated individuals at St. Albans are here to help and support you through the whole process.

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Arnos Vale

0117 971 9117

Arnos Vale Natural Burial Woodland is situated at the top of Arnos Vale cemetery adjacent to Arnos Park in the heart of Bristol. The atmospheric five-acre woodland coombe was originally used as an orchard space by the Victorian owners, and the orchard has grown naturally over time to become a wildlife haven for many birds and animals, offering a peaceful space for those wishing to have a more natural final resting place.

The ground in the woodland is open to everyone, welcoming people of all beliefs, persuasions and values. For a more natural intimate setting for a funeral service, the Underwood Centre has a small outdoor covered area amongst the trees and can hold up to 50 people seated with room for standing. The Anglican chapel and the Spielman Centre are also available as indoor options for ceremonies. 

 

The caterers at Arnos Vale can accommodate a wide range of menu options for mourners, from a simple cup of tea and slice of cake to more formal arrangements. 

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Atlantic Rest Natural Burial

07775 726 907

Atlantic Rest is a family owned and run natural burial ground situated in the beautiful Penlow Field in Woolley, Cornwall. 

There are two areas in which burials can take place within Penlow Field: the first is near the top of the field in what will become the 'Wildflower Area', and the second is at the bottom of the field near the woodland. Each Atlantic Rest burial is very different and is individually tailored to the requirements of the family or the deceased's wishes. Outdoor ceremonies can be held at the graveside and can be conducted by a celebrant, religious minister or a friend or family member - anyone is welcome. Some families choose to tell the story of the life of the loved one, some bring along music to play, some read poetry, some bring whisky (insert favourite drink of loved one here) to have a toast. Some choose to bring flowers and each person can lay one on top of the coffin. It is really down to the imagination of the family - as long as it's legal and practical then it can be done!

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Crossways Woodland Burials

0164 724 382

In the heart of rural Devon, Crossways Woodland Burials offers you a natural and peaceful location as a final resting place.

Each environmentally friendly funeral held on the site is unique, as the Crossways team feel that you should be free to organise a ceremony that is personal to you, your family and friends. You can do this with as much input from a funeral director as you wish, however many people who go to Crossways choose to organise the ceremony entirely by themselves. All faiths and beliefs are welcomed, and ceremonies can be conducted by a celebrant or a religious minister. There is a designated area of the grounds set aside for the scattering of ashes, and there is also a log cabin that can be used and decorated for funeral ceremonies if desired. 

With more than eight years of experience, the team at Crossways are here to help you on the way to organising a fitting funeral, and will assist you in any way they can. 

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Higher Ground Meadow

01935 891 245

The award-winning Higher Ground Meadow is set within an area of outstanding natural beauty with far-reaching panoramic views over the Dorset and Somerset countryside. It provides an ideal resting place for those who have an affinity with nature and the countryside, and offers families the perfect place to visit and cherish their memories.

 

The burial ground uses a 12-acre field on the higher ground of Underhill Farm and is blessed with an abundance of wildlife. There is also a small area of woodland available for burials in which trees can be planted, and this is creating a new copse within the meadow. Ashes can also be scattered or interred. Graveside ceremonies are welcomed at the Meadow, and in wet weather conditions these can be held in the hay barn. Ceremonies can be conducted by a celebrant or minister of your choice and can include any readings or music you wish. There is usually only one funeral per day, meaning loved ones can take their time to say their goodbyes. A beautiful wooden bier is also provided to carry the coffin to the graveside, creating a memorable occasion. 

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