There are woodland burial sites all over the country, all very different. Sadly we do not have enough knowledge of these other sites to make recommendations, however, we are pleased to present a register below of other woodland burial sites so that you can see just what is available.
Some sites are large commercial enterprises, others are non-profit making charities or local authorities. You will find some sites that are not really woodlands at all, but rough scrub areas added onto existing cemeteries, whilst others offer a much more natural setting. The important thing is that all offer outdoor ceremonies in one form or another. By drawing all this information together in one place, hopefully you can find something that is perfect for you and your family.
It is always a good idea to check if a site is registered with The Association of Natural Burial Grounds which is organised by a charity called the Natural Death Centre.
It is also important to ensure that any Woodland Site that you choose is properly certified, so ask to see their certificate. The St Albans Woodland Burial Ground is a certified member of The Association of Natural Burial Grounds and agrees to honour the guidelines set out by the ANBG Code of Conduct. View our ANBG Certificate.
You can contact the Manager of The Natural Death Centre Charity, Rosie Inman-Cook on Tel. no. (01962) 712690 or mobile, 07719 702195. The Natural Death Centre is an educational charity which sees death as a natural part of life. Founded in 1991, it is committed to supporting cultural change and is working towards a situation where all people are empowered in the process of dying, and organising a funeral. Further details can be found on their website, www.naturaldeath.org.uk
To be allowed to become a full member of the Association, a natural burial ground must be willing to allow the use of simple, cardboard coffins; it must allow families to organise a funeral without a funeral director if they so wish; it must guarantee long-term security for the graves; and it must manage its site sustainably and ecologically