Frequently Asked questions

Below are examples of questions that we get asked, please do feel free to ask us if there is a special wish or anything that you are unclear about.

Due to current legislation we can not bury uncremated pet remains at the burial ground.

We do have “COMING SOON” a pet cremation interment area so that your pets ashes can be buried near you.

Please contact our manager as detailed on our Contact Us page, or call 07715 659901.

There are currently no facilities on site. You are welcome to hold a graveside service, bearing in mind that the weather may impact upon this on the day.

Yes, with a stone plaque provided by our specified supplier, and a memorial tree may be requested on full burial plots in the designated woodland areas.

Planting your own seeds or plants is not permitted at all, as it is our intention to create a naturally developed meadow land. However we hope to be able to offer Bluebell bulbs in Autumn 2018 which will be available for planting around memorial trees. We will continue to monitor the meadow areas regarding the planting of wildflower seeds in the future.

We understand that some people will wish to bring flowers, please see our terms and conditions and regulations of use.

Yes, you are most welcome.


Yes, plots may be pre-purchased, please contact us for more information.

No, just the exclusive right of burial.

Yes, family plots are available for purchase within certain areas and the plots may be chosen in advance or at the time of the first burial. Please bear in mind that with woodland burials it may not be practical to dig a grave alongside established trees at some point in the future.

Yes, please contact us for full details.

Yes in most cases, within a general area.

You can have any music you wish.

We feel very strongly that our families should have a special funeral – as unique as their loved one was. If a funeral director is not able to offer the service you require we would suggest that you contact another funeral director who may be more able to accommodate your requests. Although it can be a difficult time, remember that you can contact several funeral directors to ask questions to ensure that your requirements are met.

We can advise you as to who has conducted funerals at Dale Hill and therefore aware of the ethos of natural burial. We are not able to make recommendations as everyones requirements and situations are unique personal.

The answer is no, there is no legal requirement to use a funeral director, however your loved one will need to be cared for between the time of death until the funeral and legal forms must be obtained before burial can be made. There are practical considerations regarding handling and looking after a deceased person. Most families benefit from the involvement of a funeral director but if you are confident and capable there is no reason why you should not arrange a family led funeral.

Yes, as long as the family haven’t requested “no flowers” or “family flowers only”. Cut flowers only. Please no plastic wrapping and see our terms and conditions above.

Please do, we encourage our families to consider doing this.

Whilst dogs are welcome, they MUST be on a lead at all times even in the car park. NO dog fouling. Please ensure you have bags with you and that you clear up after your dog.

Yes. We have the facilities to hold a service at the burial ground



Yes certainly and then your minister will take the committal/blessing at the graveside.

Yes, you may have the service of your choice; there are many celebrants who will create a beautiful service to celebrate the life of your loved one. If the family feel confident then you may conduct a service yourselves.

More questions?

If you have any further questions, our Dale Hill Natural Burial Ground manager will be more than happy to answer them.

07715 659901

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Natural, eco-friendly or environmentally-friendly burial is the interment of the deceased person in the soil in a way that does not stop natural decomposition but allows the body to recycle naturally. It is an growing alternative to other traditional burial methods.
Trees rather than traditional head stones are planted to mark the location of the grave.
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