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Woodland Cemetery Area

Woodland burial area

The concept of a Woodland/Meadow burial has been developed at Carlisle City cemeteries for a number of years.  The radical concept of burial using bio-degradable coffins and restriction upon stone memorials has resulted in a number of authorities and private companies developing woodland/meadow burial type cemeteries.

The provision of this particular service allows for a more environmentally friendly method of burial.  The use of a re-cycled cardboard coffin or burial shroud reduces significantly the ground water contamination which is associated with standard chipboard, veneered coffins, which it is understood causes contamination by the use of resins to bond together the wood particles to produce chipboard.  The action of the soil breaks down the chipboard and thereby releases the resin compounds into the environment.  In addition, the requirement that no embalming should take place also contributes towards a significant reduction in the release of pollutants to the ground water.  Recent research in the United States of America has discovered formaldehyde within ground water.  This chemical does not occur in the natural environment and the conclusion is drawn that this formaldehyde is resultant from the burial of bodies which have been embalmed.

There is also a third environmental bonus in that areas designated for Woodland/Meadow burial would be managed in such a way as to ensure wild flowers and plants are encouraged to grow, thereby increasing bio-diversity.

Those relatives of the deceased wishing to use Woodland/Meadow burial will be required to meet a number of criteria.  The criteria will ensure that the maximum environmental benefits can be obtained from this type of burial and in addition it is envisaged there should be significant savings to the family of the deceased.  The cost of a cardboard coffin is significantly less expensive than the normal veneered coffin.  The greatest saving to the bereaved may be achieved by removing the need to place a memorial at the head of the grave, which can cost anything between £500 to £1,500.  The provision of a small marker, combined with a rose, shrub or tree to act as a living memorial, is becoming a more acceptable form of commemoration.  Woodland/Meadow burial areas are maintained in such a way as to try and increase wild flowers and plants and insects to flourish.  As part of the programme of maintenance, no chemicals will be used to assist the grounds maintenance tasks.

The suggested charges for a Woodland/Meadow burial to include the provision of a marker plaque for each grave are as follows:- 

 

 1.

For a first interment in a grave for two persons (including the provision of a plaque)  

 £729.70

 2.

For interment in an existing grave for a second burial
(including the provision of a plaque) 

 £545.50

 3.  

Exclusive Right of Burial for a period of 75 years in a Woodland/Meadow burial plot

 £606.60


Criteria for Woodland Burial

 

1.

All coffins must be made of entirely natural materials, ie: cardboard, untreated wood, bamboo or rush. 
 

2.

Burial shrouds made of natural material, ie: linen, cotton, wool are permitted.

3.

 The body of the deceased must not have been embalmed.

4. 

 The applicant for the interment and the holder of Exclusive Right of Burial must be aware there will be no form of memorial allowed, except for an approved marker.  The use of artificial floral tributes and floral displays that contain significant amounts of plastic/polythene are not in keeping with the spirit of woodland burials.  We therefore reserve the right to remove floral tributes of this nature.

5.

 The applicant or Exclusive Right of Burial holder may plant a tree, a shrub or a rose bush in the head of the grave.  Responsibility for the care of the tree, shrub or rose bush remains with the applicant.  Approval for the particular variety of plant or tree must be obtained from the Cemetery Registrar prior to purchase and planting. 

6. 

 The area of the Woodland Burial will be maintained in such a way as to encourage growth of wild plants.  Grave owner should be aware that on occasions the area will appear more like a wild meadow than a lawn type cemetery.

 

If you would like further information about Woodland Burials please click here.

Full Body Woodland Burial Application form.

Cremated remains - Woodland Burial Plot form.

 

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