Woodland and natural burial sites began about 20 years ago and now there are over 250 across the UK. Places of beauty and tranquillity, most are woodland, for example Rattery and Yealmpton, some are meadows, like Sharpham Meadow. Many have relatively young trees still and many have lovely views. Burials on private land are also permissible (see the helpsheet at the end of this page).
A green burial or green funeral is often part of a funeral where family and friends take more control of proceedings and the atmosphere is informal. Over a third of the funerals we undertake are green burials. The choices are likely to include a more ecological choice of coffin, such as willow or cardboard, or perhaps a locally made felt shroud,and less formal transport, for example a silver Ford Galaxy or Black and White VW. Only a flat plaque is allowed instead of a big headstone, and the body must not be embalmed.
Woodland burial sites in Devon
There are 12 in Devon and vary in price from £500 to £1400 for a single plot burial.
Also see map below.
- Sharpham Meadow [near Totnes]
- Bidwell Woodland Burial [at Rattery near Totnes]
- Yealmpton Woodland Burial [at Yealmpton, near Plymouth]
- Conquerors Wood [at Cockington near Torquay]
- South Hams Woodland Burial at Lower Cross Park near Aveton Gifford
- Dartmouth Natural Burial at Longcross Cemetery [Dartmouth]
- Great Bradley Cottage [at Templeton near Tiverton] NOW FULL
- Crossways [at Cheriton Bishop]
- Exwick Natural Burial [at Exwick Cemetery, Exeter]
- Beer Cross Woodland Burial [near Sampford Courtenay]
- Seaton Natural Burial at Seaton Cemetery [Seaton]
- Mole Valley Woodland Burial [at Queen’s Nympton, near South Molton]
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You are also allowed to make a burial on private land. See the helpsheet below.