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Sally Whitworth

Aylesbury Landowner & Custodian
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The land

The Aylesbury Vale natural burial ground is a picturesque 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 are 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 encourage wildlife and wildflowers. This area houses our memorial panel, with slate plaques commemorating those buried in the meadow.

Head across to the southwest of the meadow and take a perch on the bench. You will see the best views of Ellesborough Church, Beacon Hill, and the Coombe Monument in the distance. As you take in the landscape, listen for skylarks singing overhead, as sheep graze below.

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

Download an information pack

Whether you're arranging a funeral now or planning for the future, we have put together information packs for you to download.

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 or urns can be used?

Coffins and urns 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.

Are there toilet facilities available?

We have composting toilet facilities on site in the car park for use at funerals.

Can I visit the burial ground on bank holidays?

Yes, you can go and visit the burial ground any time, regardless of bank holidays, all year round for visits, it is always open for you to visit a loved one.

Visiting the burial meadow

We recommend you go to visit the burial ground before you purchase burial or interment rights. 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 meadow, please get in touch with Sally, the custodian.

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


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