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Westmill Woodland Burial Ground CIC, Watchfield, Oxfordshire




Regional Winner in Central England


The People's Awards for the Best Natural Burial Ground in the UK 2022 and Runner Up in 2013, 2021 and 2023


“It’s amazing really isn’t it. We have all been through the same sad experience and yet here we are all talking and laughing. That’s what this place is all about isn’t it?” Recent comment at one of our events.

Westmill Woodland Burial Ground is a simple 3-acre site in the midst of our organic farm on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire border. It has magnificent views up to the Downs and the ancient Uffington White Horse and is surrounded by rolling farmland which has been farmed by Adam’s family for three generations.  We have been monitoring the bird population and plant species and are delighted to see a steady increase in biodiversity on the site. We plant a variety of native trees and an area of open meadow.  There is a small Roundhouse suitable for ceremonies or for sitting and listening to the larks or having a picnic.

We are a Community Interest Company which means we run as a not-for-profit organisation supporting the bereaved and giving people clear information about death and dying. 

We hold regular events throughout the year helped by our Friends and Family group, and we send out bi-annual newsletters to keep people in touch with what is happening.

There are no individual memorials on plots, but a shared memorial stone has been placed in our grass circle and spiralling around it are small individual Welsh slate memorial tablets flat to the ground. 

Liz Rothschild who set up the burial ground with her partner Adam Twine, is a celebrant but there is no expectation that you have to use her services when coming to Westmill.  

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Contact Liz Rothschild and Becky Norman

Site Address nr Westmill Farm


Town Watchfield

County Oxfordshire

Telephone 01367 700615

Correspondence address Westmill Woodland Burial Ground, Westmill Farm, nr Watchfield Swindon SN6 8TH

Type of Plots Available

Natural burial plots

Combined burial and ashes plots

Interment of ashes

Price list is on website

Families can help to dig the grave

Families can backfill the grave

Memorials Separate memorial area


Disabled access

No appointment necessary to visit burial ground

Someone is available to guide visitors with appointment

Dogs on leads welcome

Visiting opening hours Burial ground 24/7 Office hours are Mon-Fri 10am-1pm. Emails and phone messages are picked up and responded to between these hours. If there is no answer during office hours we are probably at a funeral but will get back to you.

On site facilities Car Park, Shelter, Compost Loo, Accessible WC in nearby farmyard

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
Adam Twine the land owner runs the burial ground with his partner Liz Rothschild. The burial ground is a Community Interest Company, 20% of our income is placed into a trust fund for the future management of the site when full capacity is reached.

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