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.'
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See our video
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 2015
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,