Home > Burial Procedures > Woodland Burials

Woodland Burials

By: Beth Morrisey MLIS - Updated: 15 Jan 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Death funeral burial woodland Burial

Woodland burials or burials in which the deceased is interred in natural woodland surroundings rather than formal cemeteries or graveyards, are becoming increasingly popular in the United Kingdom. Very often these burials are less expensive than traditional interments, and it is believed that they are more environmentally friendly as well. In addition, the fact that traditional interment areas are running out of space while there is no shortage of woodland burial sites makes these increasingly attractive options.

About Woodland Burials

Woodland burials are not simply the act of burying a loved one in a natural setting. Woodland sites have been set aside and are managed similarly to traditional graveyards or cemeteries in order to ensure that all burials conform to legal regulations. However, unlike graveyards or cemeteries in which a plot is leased rather than owned and so may be re-used again in the future, woodland burial sites tend to offer permanent burial sites meaning that the deceased’s remains will not likely be disturbed in the future. These sites are not marked with headstones or memorials, so there is no particular upkeep or anything marring the beauty of the natural setting. Instead, wooden plaques are often used to mark burial sites, and they may be replaced when they naturally biodegrade.

Organising a Woodland Burial

Woodland burial grounds are not often restricted according to religion, and in fact most operate with a welcoming attitude towards all individuals or families interested in their services. It is often possible for families and friends to reserve sites or plots next to each other in order that they may be assured of being buried near their loved ones, and some woodland burial grounds offer prices that are finalised at the time of reservation and thus can not be increased at a later time. Usually these prices are not higher for people who live outside of the local area. To prove this price and reservation, certificates may be issued. Reservations may be made for full burials or the interment of ashes in a woodland setting, and services conducted on the grounds before the interment may be religious or secular, formal or informal. In general, woodland burial grounds strive to be open and accommodating to all preferences.

Following a Woodland Burial

Woodland burial grounds offer unrestricted access for family and friends to visit following the burial. Most grounds have no official opening hours because they do not officially close or restrict access for visitors. Following a burial, very often a tree may be planted both to commemorate the interment and to further build up the woodland area. When these areas flourish, they then become a welcoming home for vegetation and local animals. Many grounds also operate strictly within the approval of Wildlife Trusts, so that not only will wildlife not be harmed by their operations but will indeed benefit from them.

Woodland burials, or burials in managed woodland schemes, are preferred by many individuals due to their lower costs, greater benefits for the environment, welcoming attitude towards all religions and beliefs, and the beautiful surroundings that they offer. For further information on woodland burials in the United Kingdom, contact the Natural Death Centre (www.naturaldeath.org.uk) on 0871 288 2098. Their Natural Death Handbook will explain further how to organise a woodland burial with or without the services of a professional funeral director.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
[Add a Comment]
Willy - Your Question:
I would like to know if there are any woodland burial sites in the South Devon area and wgat would be the approx. cost of a site. Thank you

Our Response:
The phrase "woodland burials devon" in an internet search brings up some locations/companies etc. You would need to contact them yourself as we can't make specific commercial recommendations.
FacingBereavement - 17-Jan-18 @ 3:08 PM
I would like to know if there are any woodland burial sites in the South Devon area and wgat would be the approx. cost of a site. Thank you
Willy - 15-Jan-18 @ 3:52 PM
Are there any plots in Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire?
Maidmarianuk - 27-Dec-17 @ 4:29 PM
Coolruddy - Your Question:
Could I have some information. Thank you. I live in littleborough near rochdale

Our Response:
Here some sites in North West England
FacingBereavement - 23-Feb-16 @ 12:59 PM
Could I have some information. Thank you. I live in littleborough near rochdale
Coolruddy - 22-Feb-16 @ 4:11 PM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • nink
    Re: Death Certificates
    My Mother passed away in Abbey Lodge Care Home she is a British Citizen i am a permanent resident of the USA due to the Corona Virus i had to…
    30 March 2020
  • Mems
    Re: The Rights to Obtain a Headstone?
    My mum was buried 2017.I am trying to erect a tablet, My sister is being very difficult, she will not allow my mum…
    26 March 2020
  • Mems
    Re: The Rights to Obtain a Headstone?
    My mum was buried 2017. I am trying to erect a tablet, My sister is being very difficult, she will not allow my mum…
    25 March 2020
  • Kayla
    Re: Coping with Multiple Deaths
    I woke up from a 50 year long brainwashing from the Jehovah Witnesses. When I told them I didn’t believe in all their man made…
    23 March 2020
  • Samuel
    Re: Coping with Multiple Deaths
    My mother passed away Jan 15 2020. My sister was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer in November 2019. Both were in the…
    20 March 2020
  • Samuel
    Re: Coping with Multiple Deaths
    My mother passed away Jan 15 2020. My sister was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer in November 2019. Both were in the…
    19 March 2020
  • Peaches
    Re: Questionnaire: Do You Need Bereavement Counselling?
    My Son turned 26 yrs. Old on 2/20/20 On 2/24/20 I got a called that my son was killed in a wreck by…
    15 March 2020
  • benson121
    Re: How Grief Affects Your Relationships
    "I am writing to express my extreme satisfaction with the way Castleguru handled the correction and reconciliation of my…
    4 March 2020
  • Laura
    Re: Bereavement Counselling: What to Expect
    4yrs ago my dad passed away from prostate cancer... he got diagnosed with it & given 1yr to live he was gone in…
    3 March 2020
  • Mikey
    Re: Dealing With Inheritance Tax
    My wife and I owned a property as tenants in common. My wife died some years ago and in her will left her half of the house to our…
    3 March 2020