Types of Burial
Natural burials are a way of caring for the dead with minimal impact on the environment, working to redevelop our countryside and by paying tribute to those who have died by planting trees, shrubs and wild flowers.
The definition of a biodegradable coffin is one that is without any plastics, chipboard, harmful paints or toxic glues. Wooden coffins are permitted providing they come from certifiably sustained and renewable sources, and that all parts are biodegradable (including handles). Homemade coffins that meet these criteria are acceptable.
As with coffin burials, cremated remains must be interred in biodegradable containers. No cremated remains shall be scattered as this may cause the soil PH to change and could compromise the ecosystem. All cremated remains need a Certificate of Cremation before interment can take place.
Pet Ashes CAN be interred at Dale Hill Natural Burial Ground but only in our dedicated pet interment area. Pet ashes CANNOT be scattered at Dale Hill Natural Burial Ground
Woodland or Meadow?
Memorial trees can also be purchased and planted separately to form a woodland area close to the meadow burials.
Only trees indiginous to the area will be planted. View the list of permitted trees