Natural Burial Sites West Midlands
These are the natural burial sites or grounds we are aware of in the West Midlands area.
Alne Wood Park, Alcester, Warwickshire.
Coleford Cemetery Natural Burial Ground, Coleford, Gloucestershire.
“Coleford Town Council converted part of its conventional cemetery to a Natural Burial Ground giving the opportunity for a more eco friendly burial in the Forest of Dean. It decided to create a wild flower meadow for the burials. The entrance is a living willow arch indicated by a wooden sculpted sign created by local artist Tony Randall. A natural burial is one where the body is enabled to decompose naturally back into the earth. This means that no embalming fluids are used and everything, coffin or shroud clothing is bio degradable. The bodies are laid at a shallower depth than a conventional grave so that the anaerobic digestion can be as effective as possible.”
Fenns Meadow Green Burial Ground, Whitchurch, Shropshire.
“Fenns Meadow is part of Alkington Grange Farm, which has been farmed by the Blantern family for 3 generations. Previously a thriving Dairy Farm, Alkington Grange has had to move and change with the times. Fenns Meadow itself sits within a pastureland of 10 acres and is positioned on high ground, facing a North Westerly direction, perfect for watching the beautiful sunsets that regularly occur. The views from the site stretch across to North Wales, Cheshire and Liverpool. The Llangollen Canal borders the western side of the farm and it is close to the SSSI’s of Fenns and Whixhall Mosses.”
Greenhaven Natural Burial Site, Rugby, Warwickshire.
“At Greenhaven, burials are a celebration of life and of hope for the future. We were the first family run natural burial ground in the UK, which gives us the experience to be able to offer a service which looks after you, your loved ones and the environment For those left behind – a beautiful woodland sanctuary where life goes on and memories linger.
It’s not just the serene environment that sets Greenhaven apart. One of our main reasons is our fundamental desire to protect the woodland and ensure a pace of beauty which will exist long into the future.
Our plots are an integral part of the site and are maintained for the encouragement and establishment of wildlife. Within a year, wild flower seeds are scattered and a sapling planted on the new graves. The plot is then left to become part of the woodland.”
Humber Woodland of Remembrance, Leominster, Herefordshire.
“Humber Woodland of Remembrance is set in open countryside, four miles east of Leominster. The beautiful new woodland provides a peaceful setting, where families may choose the plot where their loved one will be buried. Additional native trees or wild flowers are being planted on the graves, as burials take place. Many families have organised the funeral of their loved one at the graveside, surrounded by lovely views and birdsong. The possibility now also exists for funerals and wakes to take place at The Hop Kiln at Risbury Court, just a mile down the road from Humber Woodland, where we hope families will feel they can celebrate the life of their loved one in private, in a relaxed and personal way.”
Ludford Park Meadow of Remembrance, Ludlow, Shropshire.
“A peaceful wildflower meadow, within walking distance of Ludlow town centre. It is managed as a hay meadow, with cutting at least twice a year, in mid July, when many of the seeds will have already dropped and again in late autumn. In the fullness of time The Shropshire Wildlife Trust will take over the care and management of the meadow, ensuring it will remain a green space for people and wildlife in perpetuity. In June 2009, their botanist found 56 species of wildflowers and grasses within the meadow. Ludford Park Meadow of Remembrance provides a dignified, secure, everlasting place of rest with choices of burial plots, cremation plots or scattering of ashes.”
Oakley Wood Garden of Remembrance, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
“These Gardens have been conceived to provide a haven of peace and tranquillity where loved ones can be remembered with a variety of personal memorials. Choosing where and how to remember someone who has died is a very special and important decision. We wish to present an atmosphere of peace and dignity and visitors may sit quietly with their own thoughts in the Woodland Garden of Remembrance. In order to meet the wishes of those who desire a memorial the following memorials have been designed to serve a wide variety of preferences. They are available on a ten year lease that is renewable:
- The Woodland Columbaria is an above ground vault, made from honeycomb coloured granite with space for two urns to be housed behind a blue pearl granite tablet which has space for two inscriptions.
- The vase tablet was designed as a focal point in memory of a loved one whose ashes have been scattered. Each grey granite memorial has a flower container and a granite plaque with relief lettering for a detailed inscription.
- Wooden or granite benches with a personal inscription can be dedicated for a 10 year period. It is also possible to place an inscribed plaque on a communal bench as an alternative form of commemoration.
- Bird boxes can be sponsored from 5 to 25 year periods, donations will include a contribution towards bird food for the period.
- Donations of any amount can be made at any time for the bulb fund which is used each year to increase stocks of native bulbs within the woodland.”
Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground, Near Tysoe, Warwickshire.
“Sun Rising is a burial ground of exceptional peace, chosen by those wishing to be laid to rest in the beauty and serenity of nature, and those seeking a genuine environmentally ethical option.A carefully managed site, we offer a personal service, working closely with families and funeral directors to ensure every funeral is just what is hoped for – from traditional to modern, religious to secular.Our Roundhouse gives the option of shelter for onsite funeral services, or a marquee can be hired for larger events and funeral teas. Each funeral is offered 3 hours or more, so there is no rush.Graves can be in meadow or developing woodland where a tree can be bought for the grave, and only native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and bulbs are planted. Grave ornaments are strictly not allowed. Beautiful slate memorial plaques are available to mark graves or to place elsewhere.
“Westall Park is one of the pioneers of Natural Burial. Opened in 1997, it is well established with well over 400 interments, as many reservations, and over 450 interments of ashes.
Located midway between Worcester and Stratford-Upon-Avon, Westall Park is set on a stunning hillside with far reaching views over the Worcestershire countryside, stretching as far as the Brecon Beacons.
Our guiding policy is of a ‘return to nature’, where the natural beauty of the developing wood on the landscape is the enduring memorial. Native trees and shrubs are randomly planted around the park to create a mixture of wooded areas and open glades, connected by a network of picturesque paths. Plots are marked with an optional wooden plaque and visitors are encouraged to plant wildflower seeds and bulbs to enhance the existing flower meadow.
Our aim is that all graves will be grassed over level in time, and in the long term burial areas will progressively return to natures own cycle of care and renewal to become a truly everlasting and dignified place of rest.”
Westhope Green Burial Ground, Shropshire.
“Hidden away in the Shropshire hills you will find Westhope Green Burial Ground. Being set in an orchard, it is well stocked with traditional varieties of apples. It is also grazed by our flock of rare breed sheep. Since 1997 it has been used as a location for green burials. Early on in the year it is a real picture with the snowdrops and daffodils flowering, then the apple blossom comes out later. There is a small chapel within the grounds which can be used for any type of service families may wish to perform. We also have areas set aside for ashes to be scattered or buried. Anyone can come and have walk around at any time and the chapel can be opened on request.”