Natural Burial Grounds South West
Natural burial sites in South West England.
Bournemouth North Cemetery.
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Exeter: Crossways Woodland Burial Ground.
“On the edge of Dartmoor with stunning views, easy to find and approximately 10 miles west of Exeter, this burial site is set on a family farm. The emphasis is on environmental measures with the long-term aim of becoming deciduous natural woodland. The grass is mown only in the autumn, which gives a softer appearance but enables a larger diversity of wildlife than a more manicured site; birds, insects and small mammals are very much in evidence. There is a wooden cabin that will provide shelter on the days when Dartmoor shows it’s more elemental side complete with a sedum roof and composting toilet. With as few rules as possible the aim is to enable you to personalise to your own requirements.”
Exeter: Exwick Cemetery.
“Our natural burial site is on a hillside within Exwick Cemetery, Exeter. Its city setting means it has good road and public transport links. The site offers natural burial in a secluded glade surrounded by mature trees. Memorials are not permitted in the natural burial area but memorial benches, plaques and trees can be placed elsewhere in the cemetery. The cemetery is council run so the long term maintenance of the site is assured. There is a non denominational chapel available for secular and religious services. We can advise on all aspects of the funeral including obtaining a biodegradable coffin or shroud. We work flexibly with people to give them the funeral they want – just contact us with your needs.”
There is an area of Haycombe set aside for burials to take place with a tree planted in place of a headstone. Grass pathways are kept mown to enable the graves to be visited, but the majority of the area is cut once a year when the cuttings are removed to encourage the growth of wild flora as part of Bereavement Service’s environmental maintenance policy.
Memorial Woodlands is a 110 acre woodland cemetery site near Thornbury, Bristol. We offer a unique, personal approach to funerals, where only one service is ever held each day and families are encouraged to plan a personal service involving the on-site facilities of non-denominational chapel, reception rooms and woodland cemetery.
Pendarves Road Camborne TR14 0RH
Dorchester: Higher Ground Meadow.
“Set within an area of outstanding natural beauty this traditional hay meadow has far reaching panoramic views over the Dorset and Somerset countryside. This offers families the perfect place to visit and cherish their memories. Some woodland graves are available which is creating a new copse within the meadow. Ashes may be scattered or interred. We welcome graveside ceremonies or if wet these can be held in the hay barn, with or without religion. Our beautiful wooden bier is always provided to carry the coffin to the graveside so creating a memorable occasion. This is a very special place, perfect for those who have an affinity with nature and the countryside.”
Prince Charles’ own town!
In the very heart of Devon with wonderful views of Dartmoor and its tors, you will find our burial ground. Surrounded on two sides by mature trees and wild shrubs, the other two have recently been built as earth banks planted with the local hedgerow flowers, shrubs and trees. These will blend in with the hedgerows that border so many Devon lanes, giving the feeling of peace and tranquillity: a haven for wild birds and insects.
Liskeard: Pentiddy Natural Burials.
“A small family run site on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Beautiful views to Dartmoor and the south coast. Part of a larger ecological project, Pentiddy Woods.”
Lower Heddon, Yealmpton Woodland Burial Association, Devon.
“Natural Burial Ground Memorial Trees encouraged. Set high on a hill between Yealmpton and Newton Ferrers, overlooking the River Yealm. The burial Ground is on a journey from wildflower meadow to indigenous woodland. Join our Association and become part of the journey.”
Old Cleeve Somerset Priory Woodland Burial Ground
Tel : 01984 631098
Par: Pontsmill Pet Cemetery & Human Green Burial Cornwall
01726 813 975 PL24 2RR
Rose Farm is a beautiful place, adjacent to the Pets’ Memorial Gardens, established in 1988.
The concept of the woodland burial place is simple, when you die (which we all will someday) you are buried in a beautiful, peaceful, country setting, and from your death, you create life in the form of a tree.
This, in turn, helps the environment and provides habitat for birds and many species of wild life. The full circle of life.
Penzance: Penwith Woodland Burial Place.
“Penwith Woodland Burial Place is not for those who require a neat, tidy and manicured grave with a traditional headstone, it will be chosen by those who love the countryside, birds and wildlife and from their death wish to create life in the form of a tree therefore creating a woodland for future generations to enjoy.”
Located at Colehill within thirty-five acres of mature woodland and meadows on the edge of the Minster town of Wimborne, Poole & Wimborne woodland burial ground is an idyllic place for quiet contemplation and remembrance.
Woodland burial plots are set amongst trees and wildflowers, and families can choose to bury or scatter the ashes of a loved one within the peaceful grounds.
A burial site within a productive woodland which was planted in 1998. It is managed with the intention of producing high quality timber from a wide variety of species, Broadleaf and Conifer, Native and Exotic.
Shillingston: Ham Down Woodland Burial Ground
Situated in an outstanding position with an uninterrupted view of Hambledon Hill, this small woodland burial ground of 2 acres was originally a vineyard and is surrounded by a neat ringfence. It is sited in an area renowned for its conservation features and great variety of trees and shrubs.
Swindon: Holy Oak Memorial Woodland.
Tiverton: Great Bradley Cottage Natural Burial Ground.
“2011 costs. Single grave £500, ashes under a tree £25. All trees are supplied by the deceased’s family, I can supply if requested but at an extra cost. Every grave can have a tree, Crab Apples are popular and flourish with Cherry and Apple, flowering over graves lovingly planted up by families. Early snowdrops,primroses and daffs create this unusual and diverse orchard for all to enjoy. This secret garden, high in the hills, is unlike any churchyard or cemetery, wild but managed just about describes it.”
Watchfield: Westmill Woodland Burial Site, Watchfield, Oxfordshire.
“Westmill Woodland Burial Ground is a simple 3 acre site in the midst of our organic farm on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire border. It has magnificent views up to the Downs and the ancient Uffington White Horse and is surrounded by rolling farmland. It is being planted with mixed English trees with glades and pathways around the site. There is a small Roundhouse suitable for ceremonies or for sitting and listening to the larks or having a picnic. We hold regular Open Days and produce a bi-annual newsletter to keep everyone in touch. We plant trees together once a year and have started a willow bower with honeysuckle and wild rose growing up it. Liz is a celebrant and so can offer this support if needed. There are no individual memorials on site but a shared stone memorial area is planned.”
NATURAL BURIAL GROUNDS SOUTH WEST.