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.

Members


London


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


East

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


Scotland

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

Eire

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