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The People's Awards


Clovery Woods of Rest

Best Natural Burial Ground in the UK 2024




Clovery Woods of Rest 

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 during the 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. 


Winner and Regional Runners Up 2024

Overall Winner:

Clovery Woods of Rest, Aberdeenshire

Regional Winners:

Clovery Woods of Rest, Aberdeenshire

Eden Valley Woodland Burial Ground, Kent and Surrey

The Windmills Natural Green Burial Ground, Northampton

Westhope Green Burial Ground, Shropshire

Brocklands Woodland Burial, Settle, North Yorkshire

Hay Meadow Burial Ground, Llandrindod Wells, Powys

Markfield Natural Burial Ground, Markfield, Leicester

Gunton Woodland Burial Park, Lowestoft, Suffolk

Mellow Grove, Hackpen Natural Burial Ground, Devon

Regional Runners Up:

Dalton Woodland Burial Ground, Burton-in-Kendal, Cumbria

Humber Woodland of Rememberance, Leominster

Old Park Meadow, Essex

Dale Hill Natural Burial Ground, Locko Park Estates - Derby

Pentiddy Natural Burials, Cornwall 

St Albans Woodland Burial Ground, Keysoe, Bedfordshire

Cairnbrae Natural Burial Ground, Kellas, Dundee, Angus

Green Lane Burial Field & Nature Reserve, Powys

Riverview Natural Burial Ground, Kent



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