Are you seeking an alternative to conventional cemeteries or crematorium memorial gardens? Somewhere that is in harmony with the natural world?

Dorset Downs Natural Burial Ground is a place where timeless tranquillity and environmental sustainability intertwine. High on the chalkland downs, the characteristic landscape of Dorset, the burial ground offers the opportunity to be at rest in glorious, open countryside.

Why choose Dorset Downs natural burial ground?

Wildflowers at Dorset Downs Natural Burial Ground

Environmentally Friendly

Natural burial grounds prioritise environmental sustainability. The absence of traditional headstones and the use of biodegradable coffins contribute to a more eco-friendly final resting place.

Breathtaking Scenery

Set in a picturesque location in Dorset, the burial ground provides a tranquil and beautiful backdrop, creating a serene environment for reflection and remembrance.

Newly planted oak tree memorial at Dorset Downs natural burial ground

Memorial Options

Rather than traditional headstones, Dorset Downs offers alternative memorial options such as planting a tree or engraving a plaque, allowing for a lasting tribute.

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Whether you're arranging a funeral now or planning for the future, we are happy to help you with any enquiries

Ecological coffin made from reclaimed wooden pallets.Biodegradable acorn urn

Types of burial

We provide two options for burials at Dorset Downs: one for whole-body natural burials and the other for ashes. You can purchase plots next to each other, bury multiple sets of ashes together, or inter ashes with someone who is having a full burial.

What is a natural burial?

A natural burial, also called a green burial, is an environmentally friendly and eco-conscious approach to laying a loved one to rest. Unlike conventional burials, which often involve embalming, metal or MDF caskets, imported granite headstones and concrete vaults, natural burials are focused on returning the body to the earth in a way that minimises environmental impact.

Here are some key characteristics of a natural burial:

Biodegradable materials: The deceased is typically placed in a biodegradable casket, shroud, or container made from natural materials like wood, wicker, or cloth. These materials break down naturally over time.

  • No embalming: Embalming, a toxic chemical preservation process, is not used in natural burials. This helps prevent the release of harmful chemicals into the soil.
  • No plastic: The coffin must be lined with natural materials, rather than a plastic sheet. Flowers should be hand-tied with raffia or natural materials, not wrapped in plastic or set in a foam oasis and a plastic tray.
  • Digital markers: Unlike cemeteries, the graves are not marked. Instead, we use a digital map and survey points to measure each grave. Families are given the longitude and latitude, as well as a what3words address for the location of their loved one’s grave.
  • Protecting the landscape: Many natural burial grounds are established in protected, scenic areas, contributing to preserving these natural landscapes.
  • Return to the earth: Natural burials support the ecosystem by allowing the body to decompose naturally, enriching the soil with nutrients, and benefiting local flora and fauna.

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.

Cute little lambs at the Compton Valence farm, next to Dorset Downs natural burial ground

Arrange a visit with us

We would love you to come and explore the serene beauty of Dorset Downs Natural Burial Ground and discover a gentler natural alternative. You can visit the burial ground any time if you would like to explore alone or contact us to arrange a visit or to learn more about natural burial. Either email us or call us on 01305 564075.

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Where is Dorset Downs natural burial ground?

The burial ground is located a few miles west of Dorchester, off the A35 towards Compton Valence. If you are visiting the burial ground, please use the Google Maps location for Dorset Downs, rather than the postcode (which will not take you to the entrance).

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Prices

A full price list is available on our forms and prices page We offer full burial and ashes interments. All of our application forms are available online or via pdf download.

About

The burial ground was set up by the Russell family in tandem with Leedam. Read more about the farm and the custodians who care for it.

Memorials

Unlike a conventional cemetery, there will be no rows of memorial stones, vases of flowers or mementos. Instead, you can dedicate a tree or an oak memorial plaque in memory of someone.

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