Andy Chanter

Henley-on-Thames Custodian
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The perfect final resting spot

As soon as we visited the burial ground, we knew that it was the perfect final resting spot for our mother. It was the only thing that she had ever stipulated about her funeral – that she wanted to be buried – to connect again with the earth. It was the end of June and the long grasses were alive with butterflies and insects; all you could hear was birdsong.

We were welcomed by Andy, the custodian of the site, who made us feel very welcome and let us know that we could plan the day just as we wanted. This was something that was really important to both me and my brother; our hope was for a personal and intimate ceremony which is exactly what we got.

On the day of the funeral, we were blessed with beautiful sunshine and our friends and family gathered to celebrate my mum’s life. My brother was the celebrant and many others took it in turns to speak and recollect memories that we all shared. At the end, everyone commented on what a perfect place to bury our mother; she lived her life loving the outdoors and this was a beautiful spot for her to rest.

March 2021


A peaceful resting home

I’m very grateful to you for your care of my family. It’s a comfort to me that they are all together again in such beautiful and tranquil surroundings.

28 August 2020


A perfect funeral

My Daughter, Victoria, requested a natural burial and chose Henley.
We had a humanist ceremony and everything was perfect. I would thoroughly recommend a natural burial. We were very impressed with the service provided by Andy when showing us the site before the burial date and the help she provided on the day. My wife and I have decided to be buried here when our times come

28 October 2019


Don’t conform, do what your heart tells you

Peaceful, and the start of a beautiful woodland. Red kites flying above high on the thermals. My husband enjoyed being outdoors, especially in the woods, so Henley was the ideal place. On the day, we had immediate family only, no celebrant, Poppy his dog. The harp was played by a family member, and we all raised a toast of port from hip flasks (his favourite)

Andy, the lady at Henley-on-Thames natural burial ground is delightful. Totally supports and believes in your wishes. We recommend to forget conforming, do what your heart tells you.

27 August 2019


Wild, beautiful and ever-changing with the seasons

It was our Mother’s choice to be buried at Henley. We had a natural, simple burial with a couple of readings and some words spoken by whoever wanted. We’re so pleased that we had the freedom to conduct things how we felt were right for our Mother. Whilst we were blessed with fine weather, the burial ground provided a perfect ending to a wonderful life.

11 August 2019


It was completely natural and so peaceful.

The burial ground is close to home and it was Bob’s choice, he left a leaflet with a letter left us (his family). From the first ‘phone call I felt totally at ease. The next step was meeting the lovely Andy at the burial ground to discuss things. I am so pleased my lovely Bob is at peace in your Woodland Burial Ground.

7 January 2020


Beautiful and fitting

My Mum chose the burial ground herself. On the day, we had a Church service at Chickendon, followed by the burial at Henley. It was natural, peaceful, informal, beautiful. If you want a peaceful setting, free of headstones and yew trees, it’s a great choice. Some people may prefer clear indication of plot.

The burial was as beautiful and fitting as it could have been. We were not hurried or hassled and there was a lovely sense of peace.

26 July 2019


My husband would have loved it

We chose Henley because my husband wanted to be buried at the burial ground. We held a service in Reading, then came to the burial ground. It was just what the family wanted and laughter all the way through! My husband would have loved it.

3 July 2019


Secluded, natural and perfect

The funeral surpassed our expectations and was handled with great sensitivity and skill by Andy, the funeral director and the celebrant, Rebecca. We feel that our loved one, Frank, would have totally appreciated the occasion.

We loved the enthusiasm, passion and obvious devotion to the area of Andy – this did not feel like a commercial enterprise as was the case with other natural burial grounds.

11 August 2019


Quiet, peaceful, tranquil, restful, calm

The burial ground isquiet, peaceful, tranquil, restful and calm. It is such a beautiful spot to go and spend time with my son. Also, the custodian, Andy is a lovely lady, very thoughtful, kind and compassionate.

28 August 2018


The perfect location for Mum

We all feel that we have chosen the perfect location for mum. The site is beautiful with lovely views and the fact that all we could hear on the day was birdsong just reflected the peace and tranquillity. Andy was warm and welcoming and we really appreciated the freedom we were given to do exactly what we wanted. Being able to take our time and to just be together as a family in such a peaceful place was priceless.

12 October 2013


A beautiful occasion

I had always imagined that the funeral of my husband, if I had to face it, would be almost unbearable. When I knew he was terminally ill, I simply could not bear the idea that his whole life would end with half an hour, all rather hasty, at the local crematorium.

Once I had seen the natural burial ground, I knew that it would be totally different and that I could face it calmly.

Although desperately sad, it was a beautiful occasion which all the family felt was right and satisfying, and our grandchildren did not find intimidating.

I have since taken coffee and just sat upon the seat and thought, and enjoyed the peace of the surroundings, which is the sort of place we both loved. The nearby church clock strikes the hour which my husband would have appreciated.

As we wanted the occasion to be informal we asked the funeral directors if their attendants could be not in hats and black ties etc. They were delighted to lose their ties and be casual, as it was a warm day!

We had a memorial service the next day in Shiplake Church, where my husband was a bell-ringer.

15 September 2013