We want to provide peaceful, natural and beautiful countryside resting places where visitors can sit or wander, undisturbed and gather your thoughts, reflect of things and come away replenished.
Natural burial is the only truly sustainable way to dispose of our remains. Everything that goes into the ground should be natural and biodegradable. The intention is to leave the lightest of footprints and protect the land from future development and support the farms which steward the land for future generations.
We also want to change people’s funeral experiences for the better. A funeral at one of our natural burial grounds gives people the freedom to do things their way, not prescribed by convention. Unhindered by the time constraints of a crematorium, families can arrange a fitting funeral for the person who has died. By offering support, guidance and inspiration, we help families arrange a day to be remembered - not an occasion to be endured.
Returning to nature in this way means that when loved ones come back to reflect, they can be safe in the knowledge that that person has become part of the land they loved.
How it all began
Leedam Natural Heritage (a trading name of Native Woodland Ltd) was established in 2003 by former Chartered Surveyor James Leedam and environmental consultant Ian Walls.
The company is dedicated to the memory of Elizabeth Leedam (James's aunt), whose funeral wishes, pragmatic view of life and death, and whose love of history, heritage, conservation, trees and the countryside inspired us. It was Elizabeth's funeral that opened our eyes to the possibilities of natural burial, and exposed us to what we most admired and what we felt should be avoided. The experience helped us to develop our guiding principle, which is to keep things simple, natural and beautiful - proper countryside, not artifice or contrivance.
Since opening our first natural burial ground at Usk, in 2003, we have continued to work in tandem with landowners and estates across the UK. The landowners have multi-generational interests in the land, a wealth of experience and helpful local knowledge. They also own some of the most outstandingly beautiful land in the country which we can all now share.
We also believe that it is important for our burial grounds to have a secure future, and that they are both environmentally and economically sustainable. We don't want to create long-term liabilities so each of our burial grounds has a purpose, a long-term aim, and a sustainable future.
Eighteen years on and Rhiannon Leedam, representing the next generation of the family, has been appointed as a director to steer the future of the company.
The location of our office in Monmouth, Wales.
Companies House information:
Native Woodland Ltd registered in Scotland
Trading as Leedam Natural Heritage
Company No. SC240278
Registered Office Forbes Estate Office, Alford, Aberdeenshire AB33 8BL