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Higher Ground Meadow, Dorchester, Dorset


UK Winner


The People's Awards for the Best Natural Burial Ground in the UK

2016, 2017 and 2018 and 2022.  Regional winner in 2023 and runner up 2021.

"Nothing was too much trouble, all wonderful.  Such compassionate staff, lovely people. The whole experience, while sad, was so personal, positive, peaceful and truly uplifting."

"Higher Ground Meadow is a very beautiful and tranquil place, and Jo the most helpful and kind person"


Set within an area of outstanding natural beauty, this traditional hay meadow has far reaching panoramic views over the Dorset and Somerset countryside. This offers families the perfect place to visit and cherish their memories. Some woodland graves are available which is creating a new copse within the meadow. Ashes may be scattered or interred. We welcome graveside ceremonies or if wet these can be held in the hay barn, with or without religion. Our beautiful wooden bier is always provided to carry the coffin to the graveside so creating a memorable occasion. This is a very special place, perfect for those who have an affinity with nature and the countryside.

A Round barrow is currently under construction as a place for cremated remains.

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Contact Peter and Joanna Vassie

Site Address Underhill Farm


Town Dorchester

County Dorset

PostCode DT2 0PA

Telephone 01935 891245

Type of Plots Available

Natural burial plots

Interment of ashes

Scattering of ashes

Price list is on website

Families can backfill the grave

Memorials Trees, Timber Plaques, Other


Disabled access

Dogs on leads welcome

Visiting opening hours 8am - Dusk, no appointment is necessary however to fully understand how the site is run and what your options are please call us and we will be glad to show you round

On site facilities Car Parking, Shelter/Barn for gathering

Offer a complete funeral service including transport

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
In order to preserve this wildflower meadow, hay will be cut each year - followed by grazing with our sheep. Mown path always kept through hay grass.

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