HE CONCEPT of a Woodland Burial Ground is quite simple – it provides a peaceful final resting place in a manner friendly towards nature, wildlife and the environment.

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Some sites achieve this by planting a tree upon a grave instead of a headstone. A slightly different approach to be encouraged is the planting of a tree in remembrance within designated copses leaving the actual site of burials to nature as a meadow.

The planting of trees not only adds to the a natural beauty of the countryside but also aids in the fight against global warming. The wood, together with the meadowland, will provide the natural habitat for insects, birds and other wildlife.

The use of natural fibre shrouds, cardboard or clipboard coffins is not only permitted but positively encouraged as ways of reducing pollution and needless destruction of forests.

Terms such as ‘Nature reserve burial grounds’ and ‘Green Burial grounds’ are other terms commonly used. But a woodland cemetery need not be chosen purely for ‘green’ reasons.

Historically, families commonly remained within their local area and maintenance of family graves was possible. Times have changed and many have turned to cremation as a means of avoiding untended graves or permitting the spreading of ashes in a favoured location.

A woodland burial needs no maintenance from family or friends to secure an everlasting dignified field or rest.