Green funerals and natural burials growing in popularity

An increasing number of people are considering the environment during their everyday lives and, in death, there are opportunities to continue these sentiments with an eco funeral or green funeral.

While these things are closely regulated, some people are naturally concerned about the emissions and fuel-use associated with cremation, as well as other factors, such as the importing of stone for memorials, the inclusion of scarce woods in coffin construction or the use of formaldehyde for embalming.

At Tester & Jones, we pride ourselves on being flexible and ready to respond to individual requests which honour a particular person. We have, for instance, arranged a number of natural burials.

Natural burial – sometimes referred to as a ‘green burial’, ‘green funeral’ or ‘woodland burial’ - describes the burial of human remains where the burial area creates a habitat for wildlife or preserves existing habitats, such as woodland, species rich meadows or orchards.

The first natural burial ground was opened in the UK, in Carlisle in May 1993. Now, nearly 20 years later, there are now more than 260 sites around the country. Around half of these sites are run by local authorities, while others are run by landowners including farmers, charitable trusts and non-profit organisations.

These natural burial grounds are located from the Highlands of Scotland to the west of Cornwall and there are a number located nearer to us in both Kent and Sussex including Hassocks, Sittingbourne, Burgess Hill, Ashford, Canterbury, Chatham, Haywards Heath, Hastings, Herne Bay, Brighton, Eastbourne, Sevenoaks and Whitstable.

As part of the Tester & Jones green funeral service, you can choose from natural and biodegradable coffins or remains caskets, made from materials such as wicker or sea grass. Flowers will be sourced locally and car journeys are kept to a minimum.

Posted: 3rd of July 2012



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