Woodland Burial

Woodland burial grounds support British bees

The Coop has joined the Woodland Burial movement – click the link to see a list of the woodland burial sites we are aware of (and tell us of any new ones, please.)  On with the Coop PR:

Almost 11 acres of wildflower meadows are being created on The Co-operative Funeralcare’s three woodland burial grounds to help boost the UK’s dwindling bee population.

Supporting Plan Bee

As part of The Co-operative Group’s extended £750,000 Plan Bee campaign the new wildflower meadows will be developed at two woodland burial grounds in Dorset and one in the Wirral.

Paul Monaghan, Head of Social Goals at The Co-operative said: “The UK has lost an alarming 97 per cent of its wildflower meadows since the 1930s which has had a major impact on the number of pollinators. The number of honeybees in the UK has halved in the last 25 years.”

“These wildflower meadows will offer a rich habitat for a host of pollinators such as honeybees, hover flies, butterflies and moths, providing the nectar and pollen they need.”

Natural next step

Our woodland burial grounds are located amongst acres of natural countryside with mature woodland, meadows, bluebell woods and wild flowers.

We are dedicated to maintaining the natural environment to ensure that wildlife and native plants thrive throughout the year.

As David Collingwood, Operations Director, pointed out: “We are keen to encourage flowers and wildlife to flourish within our grounds so supporting Plan Bee is a natural next step for us.”

“Our woodland burial grounds have acres of land and the new wildflower meadows will provide not only a beautiful resting place for loved ones, but also create a new habitat for these important insects.”

Developing the wildflower meadows

A diverse range of wildflowers and grasses will be developed at the three woodland burial grounds including Yellow Rattle, Betony, Harebell, Devil’s-Bit Scabious and Bird’s-Foots Trefoil.

Almost eleven acres will be developed altogether with 3.5 acres at Poole & Wimborne, 2 acres at Hinton Park in Christchurch and 5 acres at Mayfields Park in the Wirral.

Development work commenced in early September and is being carried in conjunction with Britishflora – the largest native plant producer in the UK who wholeheartedly support woodland burial.

Woodland Burial