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.
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.
Set in a picturesque location in Dorset, the burial ground provides a tranquil and beautiful backdrop, creating a serene environment for reflection and remembrance.
Rather than traditional headstones, Dorset Downs offers alternative memorial options such as planting a tree or engraving a plaque, allowing for a lasting tribute.
Whether you're arranging a funeral now or planning for the future, we are happy to help you with any enquiries
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.
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.
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.
Whether you're arranging a funeral now or planning for the future, we have put together information packs for you to download.
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.
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).
If you'd like to find out more about the Dorset Downs natural burial ground, we have plenty more information for you to continue reading...
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.
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.