Eco-friendly burials use coffins made from recycled materials, saving trees which would otherwise be felled in tropical rainforests. What is the point of burning precious timber in crematoria? Be part of something new after your death and in time new woodland will evolve, which will encourage wildlife.
"An eco-cemetery also known as a green burial ground, or a natural burial preserve, where the body is returned to the earth to decompose and recycle naturally, is an environmentally sustainable alternative to existing funeral practices." (from Wikipedia)
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The Dalton Woodland Burial Ground is set in mature mixed woodland at the foot of Dalton Crags at the heart of the Dalton Hall Estate, Burton-in-Kendal, Cumbria. Woodland burial is not for everyone but if you love the countryside and care for the environment it offers you a real choice to do something positive at the end of your life. A natural woodland burial is an environmentally sustainable alternative to existing funeral practices where the body is returned to the earth to decompose naturally and be recycled into new life.
In May 2013 the Dalton Woodland Burial Ground was named by The Natural Death Centre as winner of The People's Award for the Best Natural Burial Ground in the north of England.
The Floral Art Studio has created a range of unique eco-friendly Green Wreaths, which look great, and are versatile for funerals, memorials, weddings and much more. Each circular garland is handmade in the studio using local foliage, from many different shrubs and herbs, included in the seasonal range are berries, seed heads or fruits, all tied with a raffia bow. Being biodegradable, they can be put straight into the green bin, after use. They are easy to order from the web site, for U. K. delivery, www.greenwreaths.co.uk
At Greenhaven, burials are a celebration of life and of hope for the future. Greenhaven were the first natural burial ground in the UK, which gives them the experience to be able to offer a service which looks after you, your loved ones and the environment. You can have the burial you want but at a fraction of the cost. And for those left behind – a beautiful woodland sanctuary where life goes on and memories linger.www.greenhaven.org.uk
Greenfield Creations have been manufacturing Cardboard coffins since 1990. The idea was in response to an ever increasing number of people wanting to reduce their impact on the environment when purchasing a coffin. Made from 100% biodegradable cardboard their cleverly constructed, traditionally shaped designs are stronger than other eco-friendly cardboard coffins, holding up to 23 stone (150kg). Although available in a wide range of stock colours and designs they also offer a bespoke design service and a colour matching service. Greenfield Creations coffins are accepted at Cemeteries, Crematoriums and Woodland Burial sites across the UK. www.greenfieldcreations.co.uk or call 01440 788866
The Eternal Forest Trust
The Eternal Forest Trust nurtures life within woodlands, helping everyone to celebrate nature, including the disabled and young people. The Trust, based on the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales, offers woodland burials and dedicates plots and trees in memoriam and celebration. www.eternalforest.org
Reviews and feedback
Greenfield Creations Ltd. “Many thanks on behalf of the family, for your care and compassion and for the excellent quality of the coffin provided.”
Greenfield Creations Ltd. “Thank you. The coffin was perfect, especially after a 48 hour 'decorating party'. Bless you. Thank you.”
Greenfield Creations Ltd. “Thank you, the family were delighted with the coffin and there were many comments at the crematorium. I would like to thank you for your excellent assistance. The colours were perfect as were the pictures.” - Funeral Director