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The People's Awards


Higher Ground Meadow in Dorset

Best Natural Burial Ground in the UK 2016


 South Downs Natural Burial Site in Hampshire

Runner Up to Best Natural Burial Ground in the UK 2016



Higher Ground Meadow



Background to The People's Awards for

The Best Natural Burial Grounds in the UK

These awards are different to any other kind of assessment of green cemeteries, they are not about how sustainable each site is, the facilities that are available or the way the land is managed; the People's Awards are all about the people involved, the level of service they provide, the personal touches and the impact that each natural burial ground manager has made on the famiies of those who they have helped to bury.
The Code of Conduct of the Association of Natural Burial Grounds requires members to provide families arranging funerals with them an opportunity to complete a NDC Feedback Form which is returned directly to the Natural Death Centre headquarters. We receive dozens of these forms every week, the vast majority praising the burial grounds and the people involved. Any concerns or complaints are instantly responded to and reported back to the ANBG member concerned.
Earlier this year, almost 1,000 forms received from families who had funerals at one of the ANBG member sites duringthe previous year were scrutinised by the trustees and staff of the NDC. The results were logged and analysed, and after many hours of work, a winner and a close runner up in each of the eight qualifying regions across the UK were identified. 


Regional Winners and Runners Up 2016 



West UK Region

Winner: Westhope Green Burial Ground, Shropshire
Runner up: Westall Park Woodland Burial, Worcestershire


South West UK Region

Winner: Higher Ground Meadow, Dorset
Runner up:  Atlantic Rest Natural Burial, Cornwall


South East UK Region

Winner: South Downs Natural Burial Site, Hampshire
Runner up: Deerton Natural Burial Ground, Kent


East of UK Region

Winner: The Willows Natural Burial Ground, Leicestershire
Runner up: Brightwater Green Burial Ground, Lincolnshire


North of UK Region

Winner: Binning Memorial Woodland, East Lothian
Runner up: Brocklands Woodland Burial, North Yorkshire




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