Green & Natural Burials
Green and Natural Burials are becoming more commonplace. You are able to make simple choices and have a clear set of options to give you the greener funeral you desire.
Having a greener funeral starts with your choice of coffin, you need to be sure that whatever coffin you choose, the environmental impact is lower than more traditional options.
A good way to establish a natural, living memorial is by tree planting. We also allow the conversion of a typical funeral’s carbon emissions into a suitable legacy, to make your funeral sustainable for the environment.
These graves provide a living memorial in an attractive, ecologically managed wildlife area. We ask that coffins/caskets used in this area are made of readily bio-degradable materials or that the body be wrapped in a simple shroud. We prohibit the use of any chemicals in preparing the body for interment in the natural burial area and no memorials, tributes or markers are allowed in the area. The grave position will be located electronically.
Today, many more people are taking real control over the disposal of their loved one’s and are considering different sorts of funerals as an alternative to traditional religious services and cremations. The last ten years has seen a huge increase in the number of natural or green burials, which are seen as a more environmentally friendly way of returning the body to the earth and seem to offer a more holistic approach to the whole process of death.
The rise of woodland burial sites has been quite remarkable, from just one in 1993 to over 200 such sites today, more than half of which have opened in the last five years. Green and woodland burials now account for over 5,000 burials each year and there are new sites being planned. Many are quite small, but others have planning permission for several thousand burials.
Some are operated by local authorities and others run privately as businesses, or a few as non-profit or charitable concerns. They can range from nature reserves, to flower meadows, woodlands or agricultural land being developed into new woodlands or meadows.
The sites are not usually consecrated and are available to anybody of whatever persuasion and plots cost in the region of £500-£800. Digging the grave may be extra and some burial grounds will also provide a biodegradable coffin and collect the body for a fee. It is important to check how long the burial rights will last and what will happen to the grave when these run out or when the site is full.
For those not using our services as Funeral Directors, cardboard and wooden coffins are obtainable, as well as woollen shrouds. However an increasing number of Funeral Directors, including ourselves will offer assistance with a woodland burial, such as dealing with Hospitals, collection of deceased, providing transport of the body and an appropriate coffin. Look at our alternative types of transport on our transport link.
These graves provide a living memorial in an attractive, ecologically managed wildlife area. We ask that coffins / caskets used in this area are made of readily bio-degradable materials such as untreated wood, cardboard, seagrass, willow, bamboo or that the body be wrapped in a simple shroud, these may be decorated to your personal taste. Most prohibit the use of any chemicals in preparing the body for interment in the natural burial area and no memorials, tributes or markers are allowed in most burial grounds.
The grave may also be marked with a microchip or GPS coordinates so that it can be found again easily by visiting relatives - not all natural burial grounds offer this service.
Some natural burial grounds have a building in which a service can be held, some do not, so the service may have to be outdoors or at a suitable venue before going to the burial.
What is a greener funeral? To date, it’s been difficult for people to grasp what a green funeral is exactly. For some, it’s a wicker coffin and a woodland burial. For others, it’s simply the decision not to have flowers at the funeral.
Who really knows the answer? Who can help with this information? While it’s easy to understand why the confusion reigns, the most important thing is to work towards funerals with lower carbon emissions. Greener funerals.
Wombourne Funeral Services offer families an choice of one of our eco-coffins:- Picture coffin, Willow coffin, Wool coffin or FSC-certified Pine. The family then have a natural memorial, a tree to plant them selves – donate or sponsor. Then the option of a community legacy:- rebalance carbon emissions and leave a social benefit.
Just contact us by phone, call in for a chat or we can post some information out to you.
Wrottesley Park Road
Perton. WV8 2HE
Telephone: 0116 222 9247
Green Burial Grounds
Westhope Green Burial Ground
Near Craven Arms
Telephone: 01584 861293
Sytch Lane Cemetery
Telephone: 01902 696111
Ludford Park Meadow Of Remembrance
37 Mary Elizabeth Road
Telephone: 01584 876637
Fenns Meadow Green
Telephone: 01948 880002
Fenns Meadow Green Burial
Oakley Wood Garden Of Rememberance
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