Tessa and Jeremy Russell

Dorset landowners & custodians
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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.

Instead, you can dedicate a mounted oak plaque within the walls of the memorial shelter at the burial ground or you can plant a tree for life in the new woodland area of the burial ground.

For information about prices and application forms for the memorials, please go to the Forms and Prices page.

Memorial plaques

Inside the burial ground to the left of the entrance is a memorial shelter where oak plaques are mounted within the walls. 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 and download a memorial application form and send it to us.

Dedicate a tree

Native tree planting at the natural burial meadow will create a new area of woodland, improving biodiversity and encouraging wildlife to visit.

Trees will be planted within the new woodland area along the top edge of the burial ground, where a tree-tube guard and stake can guard trees.

In each case, a horticultural ‘tree label’ is displayed at the base of the tree. Tree labels will be displayed for an initial period of ten years (due to the projected lifespan of the materials), and you will have the option to renew/extend the periods at the end of this term.

If you would like to dedicate a tree in memory of somebody, please go to the forms and prices page, download a Tree For Life application form, and send it to us.

Memorial rights

The 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.