When looking for the right woodland burial site, there are some key considerations.
There are lots of different types of woodland and natural burial grounds, owned or managed by a number of organisations including independent businesses, non-profit charities and local authorities.
If you’re looking for woodland scenery in particular, then you can find a list of these sites on the Woodland Burial Trust website.
Some woodland burial sites are very rural, whilst other sites are located close to an ordinary cemetery.
As mentioned, visiting the area beforehand will help you decide if it’s a suitable resting place for your loved one.
Not all burial sites have an indoor ceremony room you can use before the burial. However, a local venue may be available.
Every site will have different rules regarding embalming, coffins, and grave markings, as well as what you can and can’t do whilst you’re there.
For example, some sites are more ‘natural’ than others - where embalming is not permitted at all and coffins must be made from biodegradable materials.
There may be specific rules about the type of memorial or grave marking you can have. Some sites allow a simple wooden or slate plaque placed on a nearby tree or on the ground.
Others will only allow a native tree or wildflowers to be planted. Flowers bought from a shop may be allowed as long as they are left on the ground without any plastic wrapping or ribbon.
Most of the time burial plots are marked out on a map so that family and friends are able to navigate their way there when visiting in the future.
There are 270 woodland and natural burial sites in the UK (and the number is growing).
The Natural Death Centre recommends choosing one that’s registered with The Association of Natural Burial Grounds, which monitors the sites and ensures they are following best practice.