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Woodcock Hill Woodland Cemetery, Rickmansworth

The Woodland Cemetery opened in 2002 to give residents the option of an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional cemeteries and graveyards.  The cemetery is situated at Woodcock Hill, Harefield Road, Rickmansworth, Herts, WD3 1PD.

We want a natural woodland to develop over the years where future generations can walk, or sit and contemplate.  To achieve this there will be no headstones, only biodegradable coffins and caskets may be selected for burial, such as cardboard, wicker, soft woods or shroud.

Instead a fee can be paid into a woodland management fund and in the appropriate season tree and bulb planting sessions are held, in which family and friends are invited.

The cemetery will be managed to produce a healthy indigenous woodland to encourage wild flowers and promote natural habitats. Some areas will be left to form natural meadowland.

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Contact Alison Crowley / Lindsay Trodd

Site Address Harefield Road

Town Rickmansworth

County Hertfordshire

PostCode WD3 1PD

Telephone 01923 727031/2

Site manager Three Rivers District Council

Correspondence address Three Rivers District Council, Batchworth Depot, Northway, Rickmansworth, Herts, WD3 1RL

Type of Plots Available

Natural burial plots

Interment of ashes

Price list is on website

Families can help to dig the grave

Embalmed bodies are accepted for burial

Families can backfill the grave

Memorials Tree planting schemes


Access

Disabled access

No appointment necessary to visit burial ground

Someone is available to guide visitors with appointment

Visiting opening hours 8 am- 4:30pm (oct-mar), 6 am - 8 pm (apr-sept)

On site facilities Car Park, Shelter, WCs


Funeral Arrangements

You may choose whichever funeral director you wish

Friends and family can undertake all or part of the funeral service themselves

Completely natural, biodegradable coffin materials

The future of the site, its maintenance and management
The Woodland Cemetery will be managed to produce a healthy indigenous woodland to encourage wild flowers and promote natural habitats. Some areas will be left to form natural meadowland.

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