It’s important to commemorate the names of the dead and when they lived.
The burial ground meadow will remain as a natural environment, the way you see it now. Unlike a conventional cemetery, there will not be rows of memorial stones, benches, vases of flowers or mementos, which would alter the special natural quality of the meadow.
Inside the entrance is a solid chestnut-framed memorial panel where slate plaques are mounted. Each plaque is inscribed with the name, year of birth and year of death of those buried here.
We have selected the materials and construction to withstand the test of time and weather. For many, it is important to have the name of the person written and recorded, especially as there are no markers on the individual graves in the natural burial meadow.
If you would like to order one, please go to the forms and prices page, download a memorial application form, and email it to us.
Memorial rights are granted for the display of a memorial plaque in the frame. Rights last for a period of 25 years after which they are renewable. The renewal of memorial rights in the future will provide an important contribution to the upkeep of the frame and other maintenance at the burial ground after income from the sale of rights of burial has ceased.
The natural burial meadow lies within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and in order for us to comply with the terms of our ground lease and planning consent all trees and flowers planted there must be native species indigenous to the area.
We regret that any flowers that are planted which are not native wildflowers will be removed.
In the orchard bulbs and plugs can be planted, or seeds sown:
- Primose (Primula vulgaris)
- Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa)
- Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)
- Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)
- Wood Forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica)
- Wild Daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus)>
- The Common Shield fern
- Hart’s Tongue Ferns
In the meadow, native wildflower seeds may be scattered on the grave and the surrounding area after the burial. The mix should be chosen to suit the clay sub-soil.
Native species are not easily found at the garden centre but can be ordered from specialist nurseries including these suppliers:
Mementoes and plants at the burial ground
In order to conserve the natural habitat and protect bereaved families, graves must not be gardened and nothing should be placed or planted and no seeds should be scattered on the graves without consent from the Custodian, Sarah. She can advise on native species and a supplier.
Our aim is to keep everything as natural as possible to maintain and enhance the local biodiversity. Anything that appears without our consent will be removed. Please make sure that this is right for you before you commit to the burial ground. It will not suit everyone.
Hand Crafted Memorials
If you would like to commission a contemporary memorial for your home or garden, we recommend contacting Elysium Memorials. They are a group of artists and craftsmen that make beautiful, personal, bespoke memorials to keep close to you. Watch their video here.