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Ham Down Woodland Burial Ground, Shillingstone, Dorset

Situated in an outstanding position with an uninterrupted view of Hambledon Hill, this small woodland burial ground of 2 acres was originally a vineyard and is surrounded by a neat ringfence. It is sited in an area renowned for its conservation features and great variety of trees and shrubs. 

One of its boundaries borders the river Stour which can be seen from the site. Although remote it can be approached by a tarmac road, which is extended along a hard surfaced road to a small car park alongside the enclosure. As the site is adjoining a bridle path which runs through the farm it will be possible for relatives and friends of the deceased to enjoy the surrounding countryside.

On 30th June 2020, the Countryside Restoration Trust (CRT) acquired ownership of Ham Down Woodland Burial Ground. The charity was established in 1993 by the chairman, Robin Page, and the late artist and conservationist, Gordon Beningfield, in response to growing fears about intensive and industrialised farming. 

The CRT is dedicated to restoring and protecting the wider countryside and its wildlife, across 2,000 acres of land, on its sites, spanning the length of the UK which includes Bere Marsh Farm. The CRT’s aim is for conservation improvements to be carried out alongside practical farming and land management, and to spread these aims by example and education.  

We plan to maintain the burial site with the same care and attention that the previous owners had. We will continue to support the families who have family buried at the site and continue to undertake burials onsite.

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Contact Dave and Mandy Pike

Site Address Bere Marsh Farm


Town Blandford

County Dorset

PostCode DT11 0QY

Telephone Dave - 07973 120903


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