Sally Whitworth

Aylesbury landowner and custodian
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The land

Our natural burial meadow in Aylesbury Vale is an expansive meadow surrounded by mature hedges and trees under magnificently big skies. It offers wide views across the Vale towards Beacon Hill, Chequers, and Coombe Hill, topped by its monumental column.

Its boundary is marked by Milton Keynes, Leighton Buzzard and the town of Aylesbury to the north; the Chiltern Hills to the southeast; Princes Risborough and High Wycombe to the south; Thame and Oxford to the west and Bicester and Brackley due northwest.

Space to reflect and remember

On the left of the entrance, we have a beautiful pond to offer encouragement to wildlife and wildflowers. This area is home to our memorial panel, with slate plaques commemorating those buried in the meadow.

Head across to higher ground in the south-west and take a perch on the bench to see the best views towards Ellesborough Church, Beacon Hill, and Coombe Monument in the distance. As you take in the landscape, listen for skylarks singing overhead as sheep graze safely below.

Visit the burial ground at any time of year to connect with nature, sense the elements and feel replenished and revitalised. Find space to reflect on life, love and loss.

Quick Questions

Do we need to use a funeral director?

There is no legal requirement in the UK to use a funeral director. The professionals are there to support you and help you achieve what you want to do. A good funeral director will provide the help and support you need when you need it.

Can I buy a plot for ashes?

Yes, you can buy a plot to inter ashes, or you can choose to inter ashes with someone who is being buried. More information on prices and application forms is available on the forms and prices page.

What’s to stop people from building on the land?

Use of the land is restricted to natural burials by covenants contained in its 99-year lease. Beyond that, the burial ground is an integral part of the Whitworth Farm and will continue to provide land for grazing and hay-making when the lease expires.

Can we buy a double plot?

Burial and interment plots are single-depth, and double-plots are side-by-side.

What type of coffins can be used?

Coffins should be made from and lined with natural, biodegradable materials. No plastics, MDF, or chipboard should be used.

Is embalming allowed?

We can’t accept embalmed bodies for burial unless there are exceptional circumstances. Cremated remains contain no residue from embalming chemicals and can therefore be interred in the meadow.

Visiting the burial ground

We recommend that before you make the decision to purchase a burial or interment plot, you go to visit the burial ground, to make sure it is the right place for you and your family.

The site is open all year round during daylight hours so please feel free to visit without making an appointment. The pedestrian gate is always open. Or if you would like a guided tour around the ground, please get in touch with Sally, the custodian, who will be happy to meet you there.

Address of the burial ground (Not for correspondence)
Aylesbury Vale Natural Burial Meadow
Stockwell Ln
HP17 9UG


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