St Albans Woodland Burial Trust

St Albans Woodland Burial Trust (Registered Charity No. 1118216)
Located via The College Equestrian Centre Church Road, Keysoe, Bedford. MK44 2JP.
Administrator: Mrs Linda Parry, c/o St Mark’s Church Community Centre
Tel/Fax +44 1234 342613 Email: office@woodlandburialtrust.com
Outside office hours or emergency contact 07922 053740 or 07973 113861

Set in most beautiful countryside in Keysoe, Bedfordshire and surrounded by 60 acres of woodland.
Association of Natural Burial GroundsAccess to the woodland is through the College Equestrian Centre, Church Road, Keysoe, Bedford. MK44 2JP
Registered with the Association of Natural Burial Grounds.

St Albans Woodland Burial Trust - Skylark Glade

What is Woodland Burial ?

Woodland Burial is a very traditional and environmentally friendly alternative to commercial cemerteries and crematoria. St Albans Woodland Burial Trust is a non-profit making charity, established in 2007 to make woodland burial available to as many people as possible. Surrounded by 60 acress of woodland, in August of 2013 we purchased additional land to increase the size of the burial ground to 12 acres. This increased capacity means that we are assured of providing woodland burial for generations to come. The new woodland was planted with a mixed variety of native trees over ten years ago. St Albans Woodland Burial Trust is one of only two consecrated sites in the country and falls under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of St Albans. Consecration provides the greatest protection that can be afforded in English law, and can only be changed by Act of Parliament.Whatever religious faith you may or may not have, you can therefore be assured that this will always remain a special place, sacred to the memory of those who rest in peace. Please feel free to visit or contact us if you have any questions.



What makes St Albans Woodland Burial Trust so special ?

  • The woodland is guaranteed and protected for all time, one of only 2 in the UK with consecrated status
  • Open to people of all faiths or none
  • For burial and interment of ashes
  • Seeking at all times to meet your wishes
  • A charity not run for profit, reflected in our costs
  • Available for services, all day everyday, to suit your needs
  • Environmentally friendly burial

The woodland is now looking beautiful and even those who would prefer cremation have asked for plots for the burial of ashes. Please remember that the woodland is always open to visitors and we welcome people to come and visit. Remember we also welcome dogs and there are over 60 acres of planted woodland and open countryside to enjoy.

Friends If you would like to become a Friend of St Albans Woodland Burial Trust please visit our Friends Page

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Our policy is to look after our glades, cut the grass and maintain trees. There is plenty of space around the woodland and a feeling of a cared for woodland.


Chaffinch Glade



Pathway between Glades


Why consecration ?

We welcome people from all cultures and faith communities or those seeking secular or civil ceremonies. We simply ask that any service be dignified and respectful.

Our woodland is however one of only two consecrated woodland burial grounds in the country. This gives us the greatest protection available in English law and ensures that the woodland cannot be built upon, or subsequently used for another unsuitable purpose. At one time all churchyards in England were consecrated, but increasingly this protection is being taken away on council and privately owned cemeteries. Instead leases are sold on grave space for a limited amount of time, usually between 30 and 70 years.

Consecration does not make the soil more holy, but it does set our woodland aside as a special place for ever. You can be assured that this woodland burial site will always remain as a natural woodland setting. It cannot be sold for another purpose and it will not fall into disrepair. Since the ground is consecrated by the Church of England, people who are buried here can lie in this land for ever, until nature runs its natural course.

Consecrated woodland burial ensures that our loved ones really do 'Rest in Peace.'
(Click to see consecration service)

See our video

Kate's Stoyu Kate's Story

It was a tragedy when John Edward Kinns was killed by an electric shock whilst surveying a railway bridge. He was subsequently laid to rest in our woodland on 23 December 2008. His wife Kate has produced a remarkable video about safety at work, part of which was filmed in the woodland. It is a powerful message about health and safety, and also gives an insight into the grief we feel when death takes from us a special person. You can see the video on https://youtube/hRr0Euf1Yrk - or click on Kate.

Read our latest Friends Summer 2016

woodland burial glade

Woodland Burial by Pam Ayres

Don't lay me in some gloomy churchyard shaded by a wall
Where the dust of ancient bones has spread a dryness over all,
Lay me in some leafy loam where, sheltered from the cold
Little seeds investigate and tender leaves unfold.
There kindly and affectionately, plant a native tree
To grow resplendent before God and hold some part of me.
The roots will not disturb me as they wend their peaceful way
To build the fine and bountiful, from closure and decay.
To seek their small requirements so that when their work is done
I’ll be tall and standing strongly in the beauty of the sun.

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Looking for a reception after a funeral at the Woodland Burial Trust?

We are pleased to recommend The College Equestrian Centre who will be pleased to provide for receptions after funerals. Located adjacent to the woodland Burial Ground, with ample parking space, it is the ideal location and can provide a wide range of refreshments with a licensed bar. Their charges start from around £5 per head and they are willing to cater for your needs with a licensed bar and excellent facilities. You can visit at any time and even watch the horses and riders. Click here for a sample menu.

For further information please contact

The College Equestrian Centre,

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