Green burials

'Green' burials to be offered at extended cemetery

Meadow, flowers

The council has developed a new area at Ashby Road Cemetery in Hinckley for people who want a more environmentally friendly method of burial for their loved ones or a future resting place for themselves.

The new woodland graves area provides an alternative, natural form of burial, in which the accumulating graves will remain forever in a newly created woodland. Although in its infancy now, an area of the site has been set aside that will eventually develop into a woodland and wildflower meadow.

The council created the area in response to an increasing number of requests for environmentally-friendly burials when major works to extend the cemetery were completed last year.

The new natural burial area will offer choice to individuals who are looking for a ‘back to nature’ form of burial for themselves or their loved ones and it is ideal for people who wish to become part of natural growing process after their death. In order to ensure this area stays as natural as possible only interments in ecological coffins such as cardboard, bamboo, wicker or similar will be permitted.

The area has been planned to recreate a traditional woodland and provides important environmental benefits for the encouragement and protection of wildlife. No memorials will mark the grave although trees can be purchased and planted in memory of a loved one. The area will be disturbed as little as possible by grounds maintenance teams to encourage wild flowers and nature to flourish. This will make the area unsuitable for those who wish to visit a neat and tidy grave and leave floral tributes or have a traditional headstone. 

If anyone is interested in green burials or has any questions or queries about the creation of wildflower meadows within the cemetery, please contact the cemetery office on 01455 255707.

You can also download green burial information

Last updated: 27/03/2017 15:46

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