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The People's Awards

Old Park Meadow, Chelmsford, Essex 

Best Natural Burial Ground in the UK 2019



Old Park 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 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. 


Regional Winners and Runners Up 2019


Northern Britain

Winner: Brocklands Woodland Burial, Yorkshire 

Runner Up: Clovery Woods of Rest, Aberdeenshire

Western Britain

Winner: Humber Woodland of Rememberance, Leominster

Runner Up: Westhope Green Burial Ground, Shropshire 

Eastern Britain 

Winner: Old Park Meadow, Essex

Runner Up: Brightwater Green Burial Ground 

South West Britain 

Winner: Atlantic Rest, Cornwall

Runner Up: Pentiddy Natural Burials, Cornwall 

South East Britain

Winner: South Downs Natural Burial Site, Hampshire

Runner Up: Eden Valley, Kent 

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