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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
South Downs Natural Burial Site, East Meon, Hampshire
South East England Regional Winner
The People's Awards for the Best Natural Burial Ground in the UK 2013
"Al and his team turned a dreadful day around and are a true credit to the ideals of a natural site and environment"
"I found the whole process to be quite calming and peaceful compared to other funerals I have attended. Natural burial felt much more in tune with how things should be. The staff were amazing. Al Blake gave me great confidence beforehand and during the service."
A tranquil burial site, which offers a private corner of the South Downs National Park where family & friends can enjoy peaceful reflection where the creation of native woodland becomes a lasting tribute to those buried.
The burial ground is situated on the south facing slope of the South Downs, 2 miles from Old Winchester Hill & is easily accessible from the A3 and A32.
The land is owned by the charity Earthworks Trust where conifer plantation is being removed to be re-planted with native broad-leaf species.
Spectacular views of the South Downs & South Coast.
Graves dug by hand. Service room & catering facilities available on site.
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Contact Al Blake
Site Address Sustainability Centre
Town East Meon
PostCode GU32 1HR
Telephone 01730 823425
Type of Plots Available
Natural burial plots
Combined burial and ashes plots
Price list is on website
Families can help to dig the grave
Families can backfill the grave
Memorials Trees, Benches, Entry in Memorial Book, Other
No appointment necessary to visit burial ground
Someone is available to guide visitors with appointment
Dogs on leads welcome
Visiting opening hours 9-5pm
On site facilities Car Park, Shelter, Room for Gathering, WCs
You may choose whichever funeral director you wish
Friends and family can undertake all or part of the funeral service themselves
Plots can be purchased in advance
Completely natural, biodegradable coffin materials
The future of the site, its maintenance and management
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)
Are you considering a natural funeral?
CTVC - an award winning, non-profit television production company - are researching for a documentary about DIY funerals for Channel 4. We specialise in producing responsible films about sensitive subjects and hope to raise awareness about the alternative options to high costs funerals... read more
Much-Loved is a registered charity that helps you create a unique and beautiful memorial website to commemorate the life of a loved one. It only takes a couple of minutes to set up and personalise in your own choice of design and it can be kept online for ten years without any charge.
You may find more useful information on this government website.