December marks the first anniversary of our memorial shelter at Cardiff and The Vale’s Natural Burial Meadow.
The open-fronted, oak-framed building was completed last year by local builder Ceri Beer in time for the first memorial plaques to be mounted before Christmas. Being nestled in the walls, the plaques will eventually line all of the shelter's inside and make it a special place to return to.
Situated just inside the entrance of the meadow, the shelter has provided many with a focal point for their visit; to read the individual oak plaques commemorating those at rest in the meadow, as a space for holding funeral services, or just as somewhere for people to dash in and escape the rain.
We are delighted that so many families have made use of the shelter. It means that anyone wishing to hold a funeral ceremony at the meadow can now do so with a roof over their head!
We like people to make the space their own for the day; hang flowers from timber, pin photos to the walls and bring personal possessions to evoke happy memories and celebrate that person’s life. It’s somewhere to gather, raise a glass and spend time with friends and family..
The memorial shelter at Cardiff Natural Burial Meadow.
From inside the shelter looking out across the meadow.
Sitting under the Sycamores with a view out over the Vale of Glamorgan.
“Our calm and simple approach coupled with shelter's availability means families can make the occasion more personal“, says Annabelle Traherne, the burial ground’s owner and custodian. “Being able to meet families here to hear what they want and telling them what others have done before really helps to bring together a service and a resting place which reflects the personality of the person who has died.”
We welcome anyone who wishes to visit the burial to do so, or call us if you have any questions.
Have a look at Cardiff Natural Burial Meadow's website.