Oak Crosses, Plaques and Memorial Posts


Oak Crosses, Plaques and Memorial Posts

St Albans Woodland Burial Trust recognises the importance which many people attach to an appropriate memorial at a grave. In commercial cemeteries it is common practice for memorials to be erected made from natural stone such as granite, imported across great distances, often from abroad. The Trustees prefer a more sustainable alternative and have authorised the use of wooden memorials which are more sympathetic to a natural woodland.

All memorials are made and installed by Ed Burnet, our designated wood craftsman, and they are finished with a light oil (no varnish or harsh chemicals). They normally take around 4 to 6 weeks to produce from the date of order to installation.

Crosses and Plaques offer limited space and the wording is restricted to a name and date. This allows for the letters to be large enough to read easily and for them to last longer.

Memorial posts (and benches, see below) on the other hand are much larger and offer greater flexibility for both design and wording.

Historically, different formats have been permitted (examples of which can be seen by clicking on the 'dots' under the image on the left - or above if on a mobile device) especially for young children. However, with the exception of the latter, we now only offer those mentioned below.

Please note that the oak is kiln dried and whilst it lasts a long time, inevitably, out in all weathers, the timber will deteriorate. Small cracks often appear in dry weather, closing and becoming less obvious when it rains and the wood swells.


  • Crosses cost in the region of £180.00 to £250.00, depending on the amount of lettering.
  • Plaques cost in the region of £150.00 to £200.00, depending on the amount of lettering.
  • Memorial posts (and benches, see below) are ordered direct from Mr Burnet email address at edstockwood@gmail.com) and are upwards of £400.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you wish to place an order, wish to restore a memorial or simply need any further information.

Memorial Benches

Dedicating Memorials

Memorial Benches

The benches at St Albans Woodland Burial Trust are carved by local woodworker Ed Burnett. Ed had this to say:-

We are often asked where the wood comes from for the benches. Well in keeping with our desire to be sustainable, we try and source all the wood we use locally and we are currently using timber purchased in Carlton and which was felled in Putnoe Wood in Bedford.

Oak is the best wood to use for these benches as it has natural tannins that help it to last a long time out of doors and it is a joy to carve. We enhance this natural longevity of oak timber by using eco-friendly timber treatment and we are reviewing our treatment at the moment to try and improve the appearance of the benches. Oak can crack, bend and warp after installation. This can be because oak of this dimension may take years to fully season, so it continues to dry out once the bench is constructed.The beautiful british weather can also be challenging and the hot days of early summer and the long, icy winters of the past two years have put some extremes of temperature on the benches.

I have carved some unusual designs ranging from simple flowers, to complex Celtic patterns. Almost anything can be carved but we are careful to confirm any designs before starting carving. Designs are sometimes provided by the family and all the designs we use are hand drawn and carved using a mallet and chisels. Lettering and inscriptions vary in length and size and from this year we can also offer pyrography which makes carving stand out in black.

Ed Burnett

As with the Memorial Posts above etc. prices will vary for the carving and complexity, but Samantha Ware, the Administrator, will be able to make the necessary arrangements. Give us a call and we will be happy to discuss options and provide quotes at no cost.

For example images of the different types, please click on the 'dots' under the image on the left (or above if on a mobile device)

Memorial Trees

Dedicating Trees

Trees with Oak Plaques

Graves are marked simply with a wooden plaque laid on the ground, however if you wish, The Trustees allow the dedication of a tree in memory of somebody who has passed away, together with an optional oak plaque. The tree placed close to the grave becomes a dedicated, living memorial to the loved one who lies nearby. A number of these can be seen at the woodland as you walk by.

You can arrange for the dedication of a tree at the time of a burial or at a later occasion. You can find details about the costs here:- Funeral Costs. Should you opt for the inscribed wooden memorial plaque too, this will be placed beside the tree and is arranged by the Trust for a small additional fee.

Please do give us a call and chat about it, especially if you have any questions.

For example images of the different types, please click on the 'dots' under the image on the left (or above if on a mobile device)

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