of the Burial Ground.
order to ensure that the Ground is maintained as a woodland
burial ground, in keeping with the Trust's aims, it is necessary
to enforce certain rules and regulations as follows:
1. The planting
of trees and other plants is authorised by the Trustees alone.
No gardening of the woodland is permitted.
2. Cut flowers
can be laid on graves at any time. Any floral tributes containing oasis and plastic trays placed for a funeral will not be removed until the flowers have died.
The Trustees reserve the right to remove flowers as part of routine care after a period of time.
Artificial flowers are not permitted.
3. The form of
a lodge service or graveside ceremony must be dignified but not necessarily explicitly
The coffin or casket must be made of biodegradable material,
either wood, cardboard, willow, banana leaf, wool or other suitable material. As far as possible preservatives should not be used.
The grave can be marked by a wooden plaque. There
will be no long term visible markers but all graves will be
discreetly recorded by the Arbory Trust so that their location
can be determined exactly. A list of plaque makers is available on request.
6. No exhumations
will be permitted under any circumstances except by lawful
7. The Trustees
are legal owners of the whole woodland.
8. Each request for a refund is judged individually and is entirely at the discretion of the Trustees.
Where a refund is approved, a proportion is retained and treated as a donation towards the objectives of the Trust to establish woodland burial grounds.
The Trustees reserve
the right to vary the Rules and Regulations at any time.
a summary of the way these Rules are currently enforced, with
practical, day-to-day requirements:
We are creating a natural woodland environment, where
graves blend into the meadow glades leaving only wild flowers
to add to the natural beauty. Mementos do not form part of
that long-term vision. We acknowledge that a wooden marker is often important, but it is not intended that there
should be anything permanent. We do hope you will help us by following them-
and if you have any questions, please ask and we'll be happy
In order to encourage
a classic native woodland environment, only wild flowers authorised
by the Trust may be planted on graves. A leaflet is available
All plaques or
markers should be natural wood only with
no brass or plastic attachments or mounting posts, not painted or varnished and should
be roughly the size of an A3 piece of paper. There is an example
in the Lodge (visible through the window if locked) as a guide
to size. Markers should be placed on the ground to enable
a mower to pass over it. Any plaque not complying with these
requirements will be adjusted without further reference. A list of plaque makers is available on request.
No oasis or floral
tributes with wire, plastic or tape or artificial flowers
are allowed. Cellophane, ribbon and foil should be removed from cut flowers.
To maintain a natural
woodland landscape, no ornaments, greetings cards, balloons,
birdhouses, lanterns or vases or other such items are allowed.
This includes stones, flowerpots, stakes, ropes, ties or other 'garden' items.
We remove unauthorised
items quickly, for the sake of all who support the Trust and
for all who visit.