Recently we have been updating our stories and wanted to share the story behind the natural burial ground at Usk Castle Chase, including some of it's hidden history...
Usk Castle Chase was our first natural burial ground. It opened in 2003 and remains very much the same as it did when it first opened, simple, natural and beautiful. We started this beautiful natural burial ground in the Heart of Monmouth with our landowner and custodian Rosie when we had family who expressed their own wishes to have a natural burial. Something simple, no fuss, that helped the environment, and this something we all feel very passionate about.
The burial meadow in Usk, which used to be part of Usk Castle’s hunting grounds, is lined by beautiful trees that provide shelter for funerals, wildlife, visitors and sheep when they are residing at the burial meadow. We also have a simple memorial shelter which provides an area for a sheltered service, as well as for remembering the names of those who are buried at the meadow with oak memorial plaques.
The natural burial ground also has a toilet on site, and has 'a wake space' that can be hired for wakes or family led funerals, allowing for something simpler if families wish to have a wake at the burial meadow itself.
The history of burial meadow does not just extend to the castle as hidden amongst the forest is a world war 2 fox hole used by the Usk resistance which the landowners have restored with the help of Cadw, allowing an important part of our history to be protected and remembered.
The burial meadow has something special about it which our photos probably show best. It is a place to pause and rest in the heart of the Monmouthshire countryside. Peaceful and beautiful with the time and freedom to plan your funeral or natural burial as you please, in a natural, greener way.
If you want to find out more about Usk Natural Burial Ground don't hesitate to give Rosie a call.
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