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Natural Burial

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Also known as green burial, or woodland burial, natural burial is an eco-friendly funeral option that is growing in popularity. These take place in natural burial grounds, or designated woodland burial sites in larger cemeteries, and there are a number throughout Devon and Cornwall.

I have been privileged to lead ceremonies in a number of these sites and they tend to be colourful, relaxed affairs with plenty of family participation. Freed from the restrictions of crematorium schedules, there is no pressure to keep to a timetable, leaving those attending to be in the moment and enjoy the ceremony as it unfolds. The funeral director can organise any music requirements and portable seating for those a little unsteady on their feet, but other than that they will discreetly retire until the committal – the lowering of the coffin into the grave.

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Pentiddy Natural Burials is a small, family-run site on the edge of Bodmin Moor, gradually being transformed into a woodland of native trees, as well as a wildflower meadow. It has beautiful views towards Dartmoor and is a quiet and reflective place to visit. Individual graves are unmarked, preserving the natural beauty of the site, and as with all natural burial grounds, only non-toxic coffins are accepted, such as willow or fleece. Contact Anthony or Ele on 01579 362430 or visit their website

Yealmpton Woodland Burial is a beautiful natural woodland, close to the Yealm estuary with panoramic views of Dartmoor. There are no time slots – funeral parties have exclusive use of the site all day and you are free to hold a religious or secular ceremony, according to your wishes. Contact is via their website.

Tavistock Town Council has created a green burial meadow within its Plymouth Road Cemetery which provides a peaceful resting place that encourages nature and wildlife. The designated area is left much as nature intended without headstones or clearly marked graves. Two oak trees mark the entrance to the meadow, which is managed as a hay meadow and mown in high summer. Call 01822 616134 or visit their website.