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.

Can we hold a non religious service?

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.

Can we hold a religious service in our chosen place of worship and then come for burial?

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

Can we hold the whole service at the burial ground?


Can we bring the family dog?

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.

Can we take photos?

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

Are we allowed to bring flowers?

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

Do we have to use a funeral director?

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.

Can you recommend a funeral director?

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.

We have been to a funeral director and enquired about natural burial and they put us off, what do we do now?

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.

What type of music can we have?

Yu can have any music you wish.

Can we choose the position of the grave?

Yes in most cases, within a general area.

Is it possible to reserve an adjacent plot?

Yes, please contact us for full details.

Can I be buried next to a family member or friend?

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.

Do we own the grave?

No, just the exclusive right of burial.

Can I buy a burial plot in advance?

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

Are there any ongoing charges or expenses?


Can we come back to visit?

Yes, you are most welcome.

Can we bring flowers when we visit?

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

Can we plant flowers?

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.

Am I able to mark a grave site?

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.

Are there any facilities for a service or wake?

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.

What if I have other questions?

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

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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