The world of natural burial is very varied, and largely unregulated, but those sites that belong to the Association of Natural Burial Grounds are all bound by our Code of Conduct, aimed at ensuring the highest professional and environmental standards.

In acknowledgement of this, the Natural Death Centre runs The People's Awards for the best Natural Burial Ground in the UK, celebrating the personal attention to detail and support given by the staff at natural burial grounds, which makes such a difference to bereaved families.

Our members pay membership fees to the ANBG in direct relation to the number of burials carried out annually at each site, and this money helps to fund the work of the Natural Death Centre Charity both helping and advising individual families, and assisting new burial grounds to become established.

Our members have been - and continue to be - absolutely key to helping the natural burial ground movement grow in this country, and the Association is proud to enjoy members with the same shared outlook of helping each other and helping the Natural Death Centre, the Charity that was at the heart of establishing the concept of natural burial.

 Higher Ground Meadow

Higher Ground Meadow 

Best Natural Burial Ground in the UK 2016 & 2017

Best Natural Burial Ground in the UK 2016 logo

 

In compliance with the ANBG Code of Conduct, members give families our Feedback Form which is then returned to the Natural Death Centre (not to the site itself). This unique scheme ensures that we can accurately monitor the quality of service and support provided, and provides families with a formal and professional framework for sharing any complaints or issues, as well as praise or thanks. 

The People's Awards are entirely based on the feedback forms received at the NDC.

There are now over 270 natural burial sites in the UK. The type and standards vary hugely. Some are operated by local authorities alongside their more traditional cemeteries. Some are privately owned and run by the landowners and their families, or by staff they have employed. Some are owned by large corporate companies or are run in partnership between the landowner and a larger 'umbrella' organisation. 

There are a number of reasons why a site might not belong to the ANBG - some may be ineligible, others may have chosen not to participate. If you are considering a non member site, it might be worth you asking why they do not belong to the Association of Natural Burial Grounds.

No matter which site you are considering, we would strongly advise you to make contact with the burial operator and to visit the site  before making a decision. Nothing compares with seeing the place for yourself.

Unfortunately we are unable to make comment or provide further information on non member sites.

 

Members of the
Association of Natural Burial Grounds
 

London

Woodcock Hill Woodland Cemetery, Rickmansworth

South East

Acorn Ridge, Newbury, Berkshire
Chesham Bois Woodland Burial Ground, Amersham, Buckinghamshire
Clayton Wood Natural Burial Ground, Hassocks, West Sussex
Deerton Natural Burial Ground, Sittingbourne, Kent
Eden Valley Woodland Burial Ground, Kent
Fairspear Natural Burial Ground, Oxfordshire
Olney Green Burials, Olney, Buckinghamshire
Sheepdrove Burial Wood, Lambourn Downs, Berkshire
South Downs Natural Burial Site, East Meon, Hampshire
St Albans Woodland Burial Ground, Keysoe, Bedfordshire

South West

Arnos Vale, Bristol
Atlantic Rest Natural Burial, Bude, Cornwall
Beer Cross Woodland Burials, Okehampton, Devon
Crossways Woodland Burials, Exeter, Devon
Ham Down Woodland Burial Ground, Shillingstone, Dorset
Higher Ground Meadow, Dorchester, Dorset
Littleham Churchyard, Exmouth, East Devon
Michael's Wood Burial Ground, Cholderton, Wiltshire
Pentiddy Natural Burials, Liskeard, Cornwall
Roseland, Glastonbury Tor, Somerset
Westmill Woodland Burial Ground CIC, Watchfield, Oxfordshire

East

Crouch Valley Meadow, Althorne, Essex
Gunton Woodland Burial Park, Lowestoft, Suffolk
Herongate Wood, Nr Brentwood, Essex
Norfolk Bluebell Wood, Hainford, Norfolk
Old Park Meadow, Chelmsford, Essex
The Arbory Trust Woodland Burial Ground, Barton, Cambridge

East Midlands

Beech Wood Green Burial
Brightwater Green Burial Ground, Lincolnshire
Dale Hill Natural Burial Ground, Locko Park Estates - Derby
Golden Valley Woodland Burial Ground, Alfreton, Derbyshire
Markfield Natural Burial Ground, Markfield, Leicester
Norton Disney Big Wood Natural Burial Ground, Lincolnshire
Respect Green Burial Park, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
Respect Natural Woodland Green Burial Park , Nottinghamshire/Yorkshire Border
South Lincolnshire Natural Burial Ground, Boston, Lincolnshire
The Willows Natural Burial Ground, Leicestershire
Thorpe Road Cemetery, Leicestershire
Tithe Green Burial Ground, Calverton, Nottinghamshire

West Midlands

Fenns Meadow Green Burial Ground, Whitchurch, Shropshire
Humber Woodland of Remembrance, Leominster, Herefordshire
Westall Park Woodland Burial, Redditch, Worcestershire
Westhope Green Burial Ground, Shropshire

Yorkshire

Brocklands Woodland Burial, Settle, North Yorkshire
South Yorkshire Woodland Burial Ground, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Southfield Lane Cemetery, York, Yorkshire
Tarn Moor Memorial Woodland, Skipton, North Yorkshire
The Meadow Cemetery, Doncaster

North East

Seven Penny Meadow, Medomsley, County Durham

North West

Dalton Woodland Burial Ground, Burton-in-Kendal, Cumbria
Swanlow Park Cemetery, Winsford, Cheshire

Wales

Boduan Sanctuary Wood, Pwllheli
Green Lane Burial Field & Nature Reserve, Montgomery, Powys
Hay Meadow Burials, Llandrindod Wells, Powys

Scotland

Binning Memorial Woodland, Tyninghame, East Lothian
Cairnbrae Natural Burial Ground, Kellas, Dundee, Angus
Clovery Woods of Rest, Turriff, Aberdeenshire
Craufurdland Woods, Ayrshire

Northern Ireland

At present no provision in N. Ireland

Europe

De Utrecht Natural Burial Ground, The Netherlands

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If you have had experience of any of the natural burial grounds above, please tell us about it. Your comments will help us give advice to other member of the public.

Please print out and complete the feedback form below, with as much detail as possible. If any sections are not relevant to you, please leave them blank (i.e. if you have visited the burial site but not attended a funeral). 

Natural Burial Ground Feedback Form 

Provisional members

We have provisional members in the planning process or looking for suitable land in the following areas:

Arundel

Berkshire

Doncaster

Dorset

Gloucestershire

Hampshire

Isle of Wight

Jersey

Kent

Lancashire

North West Wales

South Staffordshire

South West London / Surrey

South East Scotland

Somerset

Suffolk

Surrey

Wales

Warwickshire

Yorkshire

 

If you are thinking about starting up a natural burial site click here to find out how being a provisional member of The Association of Natural Burial Grounds can help you.

If you would like to join the ANBG, please use the PayPal button below to subscribe.

For existing burial ground operators, membership is graded by the number of plot sales in the previous 12 months - see drop down button below. Please contact us for higher band fees.

 

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