We work with landowners to set up and manage natural burial grounds across the UK. Our experience of planning, processes and admin, paired with the landowner's knowledge of land management and the local area, creates a streamlined natural burial ground business. We would be pleased to discuss with you the option of setting up and managing a natural burial ground on your own land.
We specialise in developing very low impact burial grounds, which complement farming activities and schemes. Our natural burial grounds boost income without detracting from regular farming. We take a long-term view to create future assets rather than long-term liabilities.
We know the pitfalls and will work in tandem with you to create a scheme that will successfully obtain planning consent even within AONBs, Green Belt or National Parks. They provide a good return on investment and steady income over a long period.
By working together we both benefit from the complementary experience, assets and expertise that each has to offer the venture. Using our in-house capabilities, we can fully investigate prospective sites and do all that is required to gain planning consent, without the need to bring in consultants. The landowner need not be involved in this complicated and sometimes slow part of the venture.
Once consent is obtained and the site is operational, we benefit from the landowner’s intimate local knowledge and hands-on management of the land. We manage all sales and marketing, administration, statutory recording and liaison with Funeral Directors and families. As the UK’s leading provider of natural burial sites, the landowner also benefits from our brand recognition, website exposure and multiple-site advertising savings.
In most cases, the land that will be used for natural burials will be land that has no other viable use. Where grassland is chosen for the site, this can still be selectively grazed and income from this source is available to the landowner. There is also the opportunity to provide grave-digging services.
Our robust management systems deal with all of the burial ground administration and our good working relationships with the trade means that there is no steep learning curve for the landowner.
The service we provide is as follows:
Set up in 2014, Aylesbury Vale is part of a working farm run by the Whitworth family. The land continues to be grazed by sheep.
Based in Midford, the Bath natural burial meadow was originally part of a Dairy farm run by Janet Cross and her late husband. The Cross family are passionate about preserving the beautiful Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Overlooking Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, our Cardiff NGB is part of the Traherne estate. The parkland style meadow is still grazed.
The natural burial ground is managed as a central part of the historic Forbes Estate, located within the beautiful Strathdon landscape.
Delliefure lies within the Strathspey area of the Cairngorms National Park. The Strathspey Estate is made up from parts of Seafield Estate and the Reidhaven Estate.
The burial ground is an integral part of the Russell’s Estate and the long-term preservation of the land is important to them. The burial ground is maintained with a light touch and as a wild and natural place. There may be sheep grazing as well as periodic mowing.
The vision for the Henley-on-Thames is to plant a new native woodland across the burial ground.
If you are interested in setting up a burial ground on your land and would like to discuss how we could work together, please get in touch with James Leedam.