We offer affordable natural burials in a meadow on the southwest side of Hackpen Hill. This is a beautiful and quiet location, with diverse grassland and abundant wildlife including a small herd of roe deer. Situated at the edge of the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are far-reaching views across the Culm Valley.
A natural burial ground preserves the landscape, ecology and biodiversity of the site. There will be minimal impact on the land, hence no gravestones or mementos on the graves themselves, and no built paths or tarmac. All materials used in a burial need to be biodegradable and will become part of the meadow, which will flower each year before being cut for hay.
Families are welcome to plant a memorial tree in the developing woodland which is alongside the burial area. This will steadily transform the field and eventually it will be allowed to ‘re-wild’. We can help with advice on native trees likely to thrive in the local conditions.
Burial ceremonies can include any religious tradition or none at all – all are welcome. Families can take all the time and space they need, and plan a day that feels right for them, as long as the ethos of the site is respected.
Families, friends and local residents will be able to use the burial ground as a quiet place for contemplation, and an area just above the site with seating and views will be set aside for this.