Thursday, 30 April 2015

The Funeral Celebrant l UK Natural Burial Ground Directory

Many of our Funeral Celebrant Members have been asking for a list of Natural Burial Grounds around the UK.

What follows is by no means a definitive list , but thanks to the Association of Natural Burial Grounds there follows a list of their Members and Non-Members.

Each Burial Ground has a live link which will take you to their respective contact page.

We are currently attempting to compile an up to date list, however, new natural burial grounds seem to be opening on a regular basis rendering the likelihood of a definitive list unlikely.

If you know of a new burial ground  that is not included in the list below, we would be delighted to hear from you with regard to including the new facility. Just complete the form to your right and press send.

For ALL you Civil Funeral Celebrants out there, don't forget burials. If you have not been officiating at burials contact your local natural burial ground - they will be pleased to hear from you - especially the independents.



South East

Abingdon Cemetery, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Beaulieu Woodland Burial Ground, Lymington, Hampshire

Bicester Cemetery, Bicester, Oxfordshire

Botley Cemetery, Oxford, Oxfordshire

Breach Farm Woodland Burial Ground, Andover, Hampshire

Brookwood Cemetery Green Burial Section, Woking, Surrey

Burgess Hill Burial Ground Green Section, Burgess Hill, West Sussex

Bybrook Woodland Garden Cemetery, Ashford, Kent

Canterbury City Cemetery Green Burial Area, Canterbury, Kent

Chatham Cemetery Woodland Burials, Chatham, Kent

Chiltern Woodland Burial Park, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

Cuckfield Burial Ground, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Dorking Cemetery Woodland Burial Area, Dorking, Surrey

Eashing Cemetery Natural Burials, Godalming, Surrey

Eling Woodland Burial Ground, Lymington, Hampshire

Fairmile Cemetery Green Section, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire

Fernhill Park Woodland Burial, Newport, Isle of Wight

Hastings Borough Cemetery, Hastings, East Sussex

Headington Cemetery, Oxford, Oxfordshire

Hearne Meadow Green Burial Ground, Herne Bay, Kent

Hinton Park Woodland Burial Ground, Christchurch, Dorset

Hove Cemetery Woodland Section, Brighton and Hove, East Sussex

Langney Cemetery Woodland Section, Eastbourne, East Sussex

Norse Road Cemetery Woodland Section, Bedford, Hertfordshire

Nutfield Parish Cemetery, Redhill, Surrey

Otford Parish Cemetery, Sevenoaks, Kent

Parkside Woodland Burial Ground, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire

Rotherfield Greys, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire

Shamley Green Woodland Burials, Guilford, Surrey

Springwood Woodland Burials, Sandown, Isle of Wight

Whitstable Cemetery, Green Burial Section 6, Whitstable, Kent

Wildflower Meadow Warblington, Havant, Hampshire

Windrush Cemetery Green Sections, Witney, Oxfordshire

Wolvercote Cemetery, Oxford, Oxfordshire

Woodwells Cemetery Woodland Burial Area, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

South West

Bath Natural Burial Meadow, Bath

Bidwell Woodland Burial Site, Rattery, Devon

Bournemouth North Cemetery Woodland Section, Dorset

Bridport Cemetery Woodland Burial Area, Bridport, Dorset

Briscombe Cemetery, Stroud, Gloucestershire

Cleeve Priory Woodland Burial Ground, Watchet, Somerset

Conqueror Wood, Torbay, Devon

Dartmouth Cemetery, Dartmouth, Devon

Exwick Cemetery, Exeter, Devon

Glastonbury Cemetery, Glastonbury, Somerset

Gloucester Cemetery & Crematorium, Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Greenfield Woodland of Remembrance, Staunton, Gloucestershire

Harbour View Woodland Burial Ground, Lytchett Minster, Dorset

Haycombe Cemetery Green Burial Area, Bath, Somerset

Killivose Cemetery, Camborne, Cornwall

Kingswood Remembrance Park, Bristol, Avon

Memorial Woodlands, Bristol, Avon

Mole Valley Green Burial Ground, South Molton, Devon

Pontsmill Green Burials, Par, Cornwall

Pool and Winbourne Woodland Burial Ground, Wimbourne, Dorset

Poundbury Cemetery Green Burial Area, Dorchester, Dorset

Seaton Green Burial Ground, Seaton, Devon

South Bristol Cemetery Woodland Burial, Bristol, Avon

Tavistock Cemetery, Tavistock, Devon

Westcombehill Nature Burial, Somerton, Somerset


Borough Cemetery, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Brinkley Woodland Cemetery, Brinkley, Cambridgeshire

City Cemetery Green Burial Areas, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Colney Wood Woodland Burial Park, Norwich, Norfolk

Culford Woodland Burials, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Epping Forest Burial Park, Epping, Essex

Feldy View Woodland Cemetery, Mersea Island, Essex

Fletton Cemetery Green Burial Area, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Greenwood Burial Ground, Saxmundham, Suffolk

Hatfield Road Cemetery, St Albans, Hertfordshire

Haverhill Cemetery Meadow Land Burial Area, Bury St Edmunds, Essex

Oakfield Wood Woodland Burials, Maningtree, Essex

Parndon Wood Natural Burial Ground, Harlow, Essex

Thornton Meadows, Ashingdon, Essex

Woodland Glade at Burnham-on-Crouch Cemetery, Maldon, Essex

Woodland Glade at Maldon Cemetery, Maldon, Essex

Woodside Cemetery, Benfleet, Essex

East Midlands

Belper Cemetery The Glade, Derby, Derbyshire

Birdsong Green Burial Site, Alford, Lincolnshire

Burton Upon Stather Cemetery, Lincolnshire

Buxton Cemetery, Buxton. Derbyshire

Glossop Cemetery, Glossop, Derbyshire

Grantham Cemetery Woodland Burial, Grantham, Lincolnshire

Hannah Park Cemetery, Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Highwood Cemetery Woodland Section, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Hill Holt Wood, Norton Disney, Lincolnshire

Hope Cemetery, Hope Valley, Derbyshire

Ilkeston Park Cemetery, Long Eaton, Derbyshire

Ketton Park Green Burial Site, Stamford, Rutland

Kingsthorpe Cemetery, Northamptonshire

Mansfield Woodhouse Cemetery Woodland Burial, Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire

Nottingham Road Cemetery, Derby, Derbyshire

Prestwold Natural Burial Ground, Loughborough, Leicestershire

Retford Cemetery, Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Rothwell Cemetery Meadow Land Section, Kettering, Rothwell, Northamptonshire

Scraptoft Natural Burial Ground, Scraptoft, Leicestershire

Sleaford Cemetery Woodland Section, Sleaford, Lincolnshire

The Orchard Burial Ground and Pet Cemetery, Lincoln

Thornsett Cemetery, New Mills, Derbyshire

West Midlands

Allesley Woodland Burial Ground, Allesley, West Midlands

Allotment Gardens, Cowsden, Worcestershire

Astwood Cemetery Natural Burial Area, Worcester, Worcestershire

Bushbury Cemetery, Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Carmountside Cemetery Woodland Park, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

Coleford Cemetery Natural Burial Ground, Coleford, Gloucestershire

Gornal Wood Cemetery Woodland Grave Section, Dudley, West Midlands

Greenhaven Natural Burial Site, Rugby, Warwickshire

Handsworth Cemetery, Birmingham, West Midlands

Highfield Cemetery, Stockport, Cheshire

Lentons Lane Cemetery, Coventry, West Midlands

Ludford Park Meadow of Remembrance, Ludlow, Shropshire

Newport General Cemetery, Newport, Shropshire

Oakley Wood Garden of Remembrance, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Quinton Cemetery, Birmingham, West Midlands

Rowley Regis Cemetery, West Bromwich, West Midlands

South Shropshire Remembrance Park, Stretton, Shropshire

St Pauls Cemetery, Coventry, West Midlands

Stapenhill Cemetery, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire

Stone Cemetery Woodland Section, Stone, Staffordshire

Strensham Woodland Burials, Baughton, Worcestershire

North West

Allerton Cemetery Woodland Burial Site, Liverpool, Merseyside

Barrow cemetery Woodland Burial Ground, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

Blackley Cemetery Woodland Burial Ground, Manchester, Greater Manchester

Carlisle Woodland Burials, Carlisle, Cumbria

Church Inn Burial Ground Valley View Cemetery, Oldham, Lancashire

Clitheroe Cemetery Woodland Burial Ground, Clitheroe, Lancashire

Cockermouth Cemetery, Workington, Cumbria

Frankby Cemetery Woodland Section, Wirral, Cheshire

Friends of Nature Burial Ground, Mobberley, Cheshire

Halecarr Cemetery, Haysham, Lancashire

Harrington Road Cemetery, Workington, Cumbria

Maryport Cemetery, Maryport, Cumbria

Mayfields Woodland Remembrance Park, Wirral, Cheshire

Much Hoole Woodland Burial Ground, Preston, Lancashire

Poulton New Cemetery, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire

Preston cemetery, Preston, Lancashire

Radcliffe Cemetery Woodland Burial Site, Radcliffe, Greater Manchester

Saddleworth Parish Council Cemetery, Upper Saddleworth, Lancashire

The Woodland Cemetery, Worsley, Greater Manchester

Torrisholme Cemetery Woodland Section, Morcambe, Lancashire

West Penine Remembrance Park, Bolton, Lancashire


Ardrossan Cemetery, Saltcoats, North Ayrshire

Birkhill Cemetery, Dundee

Brisbane Glen Cemetery, Largs, North Ayrshire

Cockpen Cemetery Woodland Section, Rosewell, Midlothian

Corstorphine Hill Cemetery Woodland Burial, Corstorphine, Edinburgh

Cothiemuir Hill, Alford, Aberdeenshire

Craufurdland Woods, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire

Delliefure, Grantown of Spey, Morayshire

Glenley Green Burials, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway

Hundy Mundy Wood, Kelso, Scottish Borders

Killearn Woodland Cemetery, Killearn, Stirling

Langfaulds Cemetery, Glasgow

Meadow Woodland Burial Site, Galston Cemetery, Galston, East Ayrshire

Monkton Woodland Cemetery, Monkton, South Ayrshire

Roucan Loch, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway

Shawfield Woodland Burial, Selkirk, Sottish Borders

Strowan Woodland Cemetery, Crieff, Perth and Kinross

Northern Ireland

At present no provision in N. Ireland


Please see the ANBG listing above for provision in Eire

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Funeral Celebrant Guide | Part 3 | Open Air Pyres

History & Politics  

In 1883 when Welshman Dr William Price (above) healer, druid and naturist, fathered a child with his housekeeper, nearly sixty years his junior, nobody was surprised. He had already formed a reputation as a flamboyant eccentric, endorsing free love and vegetarinisim and refusing to treat those who smoked.
Dr William Price
Dr William Price
Often seen stalking the hillsides naked in his youth, by the time his son - defiantly named Iesu Grist (Jesus Christ) - was born to him in his eighties, he had taken to wearing a scarlet waistcoat and fox-skin headpiece and parading through town carrying a blazing torch and druidical crescent moon.
It was the death of the aforementioned son when he was barely one year old that was to seal the doctorʼs place in history. A heartbroken Dr Price took the boyʼs body to a hilltop, on a Sunday and in full view of the nearby chapel, and attempted to cremate him in paraffin.
A furious crowd dragged the body from the flames, calling it a “vicious act of blasphemy” and rioted, nearly killing the doctor in the process. His eloquent and theatrical defence and subsequent acquittal captured the imagination of the nation and paved the way for the legalisation of cremation through the Cremation Act of 1902.
A grateful, though nervous Woking crematorium finally fired up its burners, installed but never lit due to the ambiguity of the law, and the age of burning our dead began. The Doctorʼs own subsequent triumphant hilltop immolation was witnessed by a crowd of twenty thousand and celebrated in song, story and on some very collectable postcards.
Open air pyres
Fast forward a hundred and twenty odd years and Mr Davender Ghai, a British Hindu and founder of The Anglo-Asian Friendship Society returned to our courts seeking solidarity with Dr Price and the relegalisation of the right to be cremated in Britain in accordance with his religious custom, on an open air pyre.
Davender Ghai
Davender Ghai
In February 2010, Mr Ghai won his battle at the Court of Appeal, which ruled that he had a right to be cremated in accordance with his beliefs. Mr Ghaiʼs legal challenge was on religious grounds, and we are proud to stand beside him representing everyone who would choose a natural cremation, whatever their personal beliefs.

Throughout the nearly two decades during we have operated a funeral helpline to the public, we have fielded calls, sometimes at the rate of one a week, asking whether this is legal and possible.
We have always felt it should be on environmental, social and spiritual grounds and in the past we have stated that an open air cremation fits our idea of the perfect funeral ceremony.

Mr Ghai lights Pyre in Northumberland in 2006
Natural Cremation, Fuel and the Environment
For thousands of years, sustainable fuel was sourced from managed woodland. The very word ‘wood’ differentiates this product from timber; wood being small poles and rods used in the production of hurdles for example and fuel wood, which is burnt in its raw state or processed into charcoal. Timber being the taller standard trees grown for building materials, shipping and furniture. So for millennia, our ancestors knew how to maximise the production of this renewable carbon neutral resource.
The combination of the Second World War and our modern reliance on fossil fuels has sadly resulted in the majority of British woodland being unused and its management being financially unviable, so a huge percentage of it is currently in a dilapidated and worthless state, used in many cases solely by hunts and shoots.
Walk into most broadleaf woodland today and you will be surrounded by dead and dying trees and rotting coppice stools. This might be great for fungi but our other woodland fauna and flora, which have developed to live within our managed woodlands or which have survived from the ancient ‘wild wood’ for thousands of years, are losing a foothold, as the habitat they evolved to occupy becomes rarer.
The wood needed for funeral pyres could provide an answer to some of this neglect. Coppiced hazel under Oak, which is a very common planting mix in many woods throughout the UK, could supply a clean, fast and hot burning energy source. This would include all not so straight ‘seconds’ that have no resale value or use in hurdle making for example. The money paid for this fuel could provide the financial input necessary to rescue some of our heritage woodland and as a consequence many types of wildlife.
One problem faced by natural cremation is the issue of mercury emissions. When teeth containing amalgam fillings are burnt, mercury vapour is released. Attempts are made to deal with this at conventional gas cremators with filters in the chimneys, however these are not 100% effective and as a consequence 19% of airborne mercury is attributed to crematoria. Even with better filtration, this level is set to rise as the number of people dying with their own teeth intact increases. The only answer to the problem of no filtration posed by pyres is to remove either the fillings or the teeth containing them. If this is the only problem faced by the dying or bereaved who wish to have this type of cremation, it is a small price to pay.

Thanks to the Natural Death Centre

See Part 1
See Part 2