Many thanks to Colin McCran and his son Lewis for getting to grips with the clearing up operation at Hundy Mundy so quickly. These photos came in today...
Several large trees came down at our woodland burial ground in the Scottish Borders last night in gusts of 120mph. Mary and Colin the custodians will be up there clearing the debris over the next few days and later transplanting seedlings. It's sad to see but it's all part of woodland regeneration. One of the benefits of a natural burial ground is the long term view and sustainable approach to preserving the landscape. The fallen trees represent about 5% of the woodland and there were already young trees developing as part of on-going forestry management.
There is an interesting BBC article on the 'healing power of nature' and how woods recovered from the great 1987 storms.
From inside the shelter, the oak beams frame the view out across the burial ground to the hills beyond. Looking north over The Vale of Glamorgan is the Garth mountain and St Fagans, south is the Bristol Channel while the view east includes the Millennium Stadium and Severn Bridges.
“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.
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