The concept of woodland burial
With growing pressure on the environment, it is not surprising that the idea of creating a lasting natural memorial by developing new woodland burial sites has grown in the UK to around 200 such sites. Through our own death, we can give back to nature, something to be enjoyed for generations to come - A living memorial. There is also satisfaction through the knowledge that contribution to the formation and preservation of nature and our beautiful woodland, will in turn become a rich and diverse self-sustaining wild life habitat.
The first green burial ground was developed in 1994 at Carlisle, adjacent to the existing cemetery and is run by Carlisle City Council. Cemeteries and churchyards, including Craven, are filling to capacity, making the woodland burial a very practical option, affording many choices.
In an endeavour to keep the habitat as natural as possible there is no physical identification at the site of burial, but accurate plotting and recording will be undertaken allowing current and future generations to locate the place of burial. There will be no headstones, vases or flowers at the graveside. Double graves will be side by side, to avoid damaging any existing root growth.
'In effect the woodland as a whole
is the living memorial'