Natural, Woodland or Green Burials are becoming more popular as an alternative to traditional churchyard or cemetery burials.
They offer a chance to be interred in a natural environment of living landscape, helping to create new eco-systems with the planting of trees and shrubs, promoting the natural wildlife.
Coffins are bio-degradable and made from sustainable sources, such as willow, cardboard, bamboo, wicker, and MDF/chipboard. Cremated remains can be scattered or interred within a grave, again, a sustainable source urn can be supplied.
Funeral services, whether religious or not, can take place at the graveside or before and after interment.
Some burial grounds allow a wooden or stone marker to be placed on the grave. Other burial grounds protect their unspoilt landscapes, by forbidding markers or personalisation of any type.
Hand-bier made by Dottridge Brothers of London in 1901
at the cost of £19-15s-0d. It was donated by ourselves
at the opening of the Woodland Glades natural burial area
at Maldon Cemetery and is still used today.