Walk through the beautiful woodland…
Listen to delicate birdsong and the gentle breeze through the boughs. Sunlight filters through the branches of majestic oaks and apple trees. As you walk, you let memories wash over you. Moments of joy, loving words and gestures, never forgotten. An overwhelming sense of peace follows you. This is where you find yourself. At the resting place of your loved one. In a setting that could not be more perfect.
A stark contrast to a more traditional cemetery experience. Crowded headstones, many unkempt, damaged and unreadable. Wilting flowers. A reminder of the sheer number of people buried there. There is no life.
An Environmentally Friendly Alternative
Woodland burials are becoming a popular choice for many people when choosing their final resting spot. With concerns over the impact of traditional burials and cremation on the environment, plus nearly half of all UK cemeteries predicted to be full within the next 20 years, ‘green burials’ are on the rise as an environmentally friendly alternative.
Natural burial grounds became a reality in the UK in 1993, with the first one opened in Carlisle, Cumbria. There are now over 270 green burial sites reported in the UK. These natural burial sites are managed differently to traditional cemeteries, with the aim of protecting the natural environment, helping the surrounding wildlife flourish. Woodland burial sites, like Memorial Woodlands, are often set up to preserve an area of woodland. By giving it a purpose, it ensures that the land goes largely undisturbed, keeping it beautiful for many years to come.
89% of coffins in the UK are made using glue containing formaldehyde. Not only is this non-biodegradable, but it also is carcinogenic, its chemical components causing damage to the soil around. Woodland burials use eco-friendly coffins, made from biodegradable, sustainably sourced materials such as wicker, willow or cardboard. In addition, no embalming takes place as part of an eco-burial, as this can cause damaging chemicals to leach into the ground, polluting it.
While most woodland burial sites do not include headstones as grave markers, many will provide maps to help you locate the correct plot where your loved one rests. Some even offer bird boxes or the opportunity to plant a tree to mark their grave. Where a natural burial is chosen, there is no need for costly upkeep of the gravesite. Instead, local wildlife is encouraged to grow and flourish, creating a stunning, tranquil and secluded space to be visited and enjoyed.
Tranquil Settings & Peaceful Surroundings
A woodland funeral is a beautiful alternative to a traditional memorial service. With breathtaking natural woodland landscapes creating a truly peaceful surrounding, offering the opportunity to reconnect with nature. Many see it as ‘returning to the earth’.
Perhaps the deceased was a keen gardener, a wildlife enthusiast or simply loved nature. Burial in a woodland cemetery as part of a woodland funeral is a wonderful way to honour their memory and celebrate them.
At Memorial Woodlands, we operate over 100 acres of woodland burial ground, just north of Bristol. With on-site funeral directors to help you plan a day that is truly personalised and will ultimately exceed your own expectations. We offer a complete service to our clients. Spend the day near to your loved one in our beautiful, tranquil grounds. You can hold a wake in one of our dedicated buildings, with catering services available on site. To find out more about hosting a wake at Memorial Woodlands, contact our team on 01454 414 999.
To find out more about woodland funerals and burials, get in touch with Memorial Woodlands in Bristol. We are a family run, independent funeral directors, dedicated to providing a bespoke and memorable service to all of our clients. Contact us today.
Martyn is the content writer for Memorial Woodlands and updates our blog regularly with helpful advice and new information.