Recently we have been updating our stories and wanted to share the story behind Hundy Mundy Woodland Burial ground. Hundy Mundy Wood on the Scottish Borders is part of the Mellerstain estate and is a place of beauty, rich in wildlife, history and heritage...
In 2005 we opened the natural burial ground in the woodland that lies on the ridge of a hill between Mellerstain House and the Cheviots.
We wanted to offer families a natural option, one that closer to nature and supported the countryside that is so special to us. Somewhere our natural lawn mowers, could still continue to graze the grass areas of the woodland, while family and friends could remember those who were so special to them, in peaceful, un-spoilt surroundings, with the time and freedom to do things their way.
The name of burial ground is actually due to the gothic folly which has a very special story that is a very important part of the history and identity of burial ground itself. The folly tower, built on an axis of symmetry that runs through the centre of Mellerstain was built with the stone from an old tower house which guarded the area. As the story goes a Princess called 'Hunimundias' lived in the tower, because the children of Mellerstain couldn't pronounce Hunimundias it became known as 'Hundy Mundy' and is now a very special part of ‘Hundy Mundy Woodland Burial Ground’ giving the burial ground it’s name.
The tower was built to focus the eye in the middle distance, however also gives people a chance to focus their thoughts inwards - it is a place to reflect and remember. You can take a seat, take in the peaceful surroundings, and take a moment to remember those special to you without the hustle and bustle of the outside world.
At Hundy Mundy Woodland Burial you can choose to have a natural burial, interment of ashes or scatter of ashes at the woodland burial ground. The wood gives you the freedom to be yourselves completely and can offer inspiration, support and guidance, so you can organise the day exactly as you’d like it. While we also understand it's sometimes important that families can have somewhere to place the name of those they love which is why we chose to offer locally sourced memorial stone, that are simpler, more natural and fit within the surroundings so they blend in and reflect the natural beauty.
Hundy Mundy Wood will remain as a natural environment, the way you see it now; a natural woodland, but it's sometimes nice to see it in person. If would like to have a chat about the natural burial or would to arrange a visit please don't hesitate to give our custodian Mary a call.
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