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Photos showing the arrival of 300 boxes of the Fifth Edition of The Natural Death Handbook at the charity's headquarters in May 2012. Additional images were taken at 'Death Fest' at the Southbank Centre 27-29th January 2012, where we spoke to hundreds of people and with their help created a bejewelled pink coffin.
List of Natural Burial Grounds
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, 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 Association 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 to help and advise individual families, and to assist 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.
All of our members are required to 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.
There are now over 260 natural burial sites in the UK, some privately owned and run, others operated by local authorities alongside the more traditional cemeteries.
There are a number of reasons why a site might not belong to the Association - 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 ANBG...
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.
Members of the Association of Natural Burial Grounds are shown below in bold text. Unfortunately we are unable to make comment or provide further information on non member sites.
Members of the
Association of Natural Burial Grounds
Please let the Association of Natural Burial Grounds know your experience of any particular natural burial ground - our comments will help us give advice to other member of the public who enquire.
Please print out and complete 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)
We have provisional members in the planning process or looking for suitable land in the following areas:
Isle of Wight
North West Wales
South West London / Surrey
South East Scotland
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.
The New Natural Death Handbook fifth edition is out now, this book is a must read for everyone. Completely revised and expanded into a boxed set of three books... Read more
Credit to Will Whipple (photographer)
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