Our complete Woodland Burial Booklet

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Choosing a woodland burial is an important decision; to be buried in harmony with nature, to enhance the environment rather than destroying it, to leave behind something that will be of lasting benefit to our children, grandchildren and generations to come.

The brochure contains information that is also covered on the website. It explains most questions which you may have about woodland burial and the way the St Albans Woodland Burial Trust operates. If you wish to know anything further, please do not hesitate to contact our Administrator Samantha Ware who will be pleased to help you.

Funeral Booking Form

Funeral Booking Form

The Funeral Booking Form is an essential step in the process. It outlines our regulations and the charges pertaining to a Woodland Burial on Trust Land. By raising awareness at this stage, it helps preempt any problems, preserving the serenity and dignity of burials in our consecrated woodland.

You can download a copy immediately by following the image link, but whatever your personal situation, our administrator, Samantha Ware, will be pleased to meet and assist you should you need help; including a meeting at the woodland to show you the possibilities available.

The document is in PDF format and supported by all the new Browsers. Simply read the form then complete, sign, and return the back page. The other pages are for your own records and future reference. Obviously terms and conditions can change at short notice, but the website will always be here with the latest information.

Directions to our Woodland

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Just a couple of pages of A4 paper with some simple directions to find the Woodland Burial site at Keysoe.

If you prefer, our Woodland Contact page has an interactive map, and perhaps more importantly, a personalised, computer generated direction finder - just pop in a post code and print off the results.

Guide for Burial Ground Managers

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The Department for Constitutional Affairs has prepared this guide for Burial Ground Managers. A number of guides or reference documents already exist for those whose duties are wholly or partly directed to the management of burial grounds. For the most part, however, existing guidance has been designed for use by managers of particular types of cemetery or churchyard (such as the larger municipal cemetery or Church of England churchyard). The purpose of this guide is to draw together in one place general but relevant advice for all burial ground managers, with pointers to where more detailed guidance and training may be obtained (Annex A).

It sets out to ensure that burial ground managers are familiar with the legal framework within which they operate, encourages consistent but challenging levels of service and standards for the bereaved and the wider community and promotes appreciation of, and commitment to, the wider role of burial grounds in the environmental, historical and cultural life of the community.

Natural Burial Grounds Guidance

Ministry of Justice

The interest in and demand for natural burial has grown in recent years as an alternative option for people concerned about the potential environmental impacts of modern funerals. This booklet is aimed at current and potential operators or managers of natural burial grounds in England and Wales.

It provides information and advice to help ensure that operators are i) familiar with the legal and regulatory framework governing natural burial and ii) can provide a high quality service for bereaved people and the wider community.

Environmentally-friendly funeral provision is not only a logical extension of an environmentally-aware lifestyle, but also has broad appeal as an alternative to a conventional cemetery.

Funeral Directors - Transporting Coffins, Risk Assessment

Risk of Transporting Coffins

Transporting Coffins, Risk Assessment for Funeral Directors

Risk Assessment for Transporting Coffins at St Albans Woodland Burial Ground.

When undertakers are using the woodland burial ground it is expected that they will have undergone training in correct procedures for manual handling commensurate with moving heavy coffins.

This document is a risk assessment, based on the TILE acronym, which we expect all Funeral Directors will understand, is considered important. All users and undertakers must ensure that these are adhered to in order to minimise the inherent risks which must be considered before attempting to move a coffin from a vehicle into a grave.

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