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Tarn Moor Memorial Woodland, Skipton, North Yorkshire


Regional Runner Up in Yorkshire


The People's Awards for the Best Natural Burial Ground in the UK 2013, 2021 and 2022


The Memorial Woodland is situated to the east of Grassington Road (B6265) being adjacent to the Craven Heifer Country Inn. BD23 3LA.

Elevation and location give long reaching panoramic southerly views over the adjoining hills and fells, being located at the commencement of the Pennine Dales Area. The Memorial Woodland has so far utilised some 4 acres within an overall site of 10 acres of grassland with the adjoining further land currently being used for arable purposes. Over 1500 burials have taken place since opening in 2002 including cremated remains.

Planting & Maintenance: Unlike many other woodland burial sites presently in existence, which are ostensibly an extension of an existing traditional cemetery, Tarn Moor Memorial Woodland is created from a virgin site, a former meadow, and is planned from the outset with indigenous broad-leaved woodland as its objective some fifty years down the line.

The areas of tree planting will ultimately leave mature, naturally spaced, indigenous broadleaves within areas designated as woodland. The whole of the 10-acre site has a planned outcome with areas of open space, meadow, woodland and conservation.

The wild flower meadow area for scattering of cremated remains has now come to fruition and we continue to use sheep to graze around the burial areas, being both natural and practical. The importance of the site management, to show the long term plans as a woodland.

Our object is to offer clients choice, whether it is where buried (full or cremated remains), casket type, ceremony and personal involvement.

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Contact Becky and Chris Swales

Site Address Grassington Road

Town Skipton

County North Yorkshire

PostCode BD23 3LA

Telephone 07843 393651

Type of Plots Available

Natural burial plots

Interment of ashes

Scattering of ashes

Price list is on website

Burial of Pets

Families can help to dig the grave

Families can backfill the grave

Families can no longer reserve a plot for future use.

Memorials Memorial Stone


Disabled access

Someone is available to guide visitors with appointment

Dogs on leads welcome

Visiting opening hours Dawn - Dusk

On site facilities Car Park

Funeral Arrangements

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
There is a long term management scheme, including, pond, wildflower meadow and memorial area.

Awards Winner of the Cemetery of the Year Award 2009

ANBG Member

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