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The Burial Ground is located on Comberton Road, Barton (the B1046) between the villages of Barton and Comberton to the west of Cambridge

5 mins from junction 12 of the M11

Nearest postcode CB23 7BN

Signposted from the A603 Cambridge to Sandy road. Cycle racks available

Click here for a map or phone 01223 303874 with any questions or for help with funeral arrangements

Two glades in the North Glebe, Hornbeam and Aspen, are now in use for all new burials.
To help find a grave there are plans with names and plot numbers in the left hand Lodge noticeboard

Please take care as you walk into the North Glebe because it is very wet and slippy. More wood/bark chippings will be scattered soon


Woodland burial is a centuries-old practice which is justifiably enjoying a great revival. As people become more aware not only of their responsibility to the environment but also of their ability to choose where their ultimate resting place will be, more and more are turning to woodland burial, where their impact on the environment is less than that of cremation, and where they know they will rest in an increasingly beautiful, natural setting which their family and friends may return to with pleasure as the years pass.

The idea that we can create a living memorial by encouraging new woodlands, and in so doing we can leave something that will be enjoyed by our great grandchildren, is considerably more appealing than opting for the often very impersonal, crowded environment of more traditional cemeteries, with serried ranks of graves and headstones.

The Arbory Trust was the first Christian charity to offer woodland burial. Throughout the centuries the Christian church has offered care and comfort to the dying and bereaved. We feel that this caring and experience, built up over the centuries, should be available to all. We warmly welcome everyone, regardless of race, religion, geographical or theological boundary, and you are assured of a warm, caring service at all times from our well-trained staff.

Trustee Dr Gareth Thomas will be sharing his expert knowledge in a monthly bulletin. A copy will also be displayed on the Lodge noticeboard at Barton. Here is February's 'Gareth in the Glebe'

February: the ‘mud month’
An Old English name for February was Solmonath – or Mud Month! This year it did not disappoint bringing high winds, storms, lots of rain and making our glades and tracks extremely muddy and uninviting. Our soil is clay over chalk and walking gets ‘claggy’ at this time of year. Spring like days were scarce but on one glorious sunny day in midmonth, when the temperature rose to 12 degrees C, things started to look different!

The prevernal plants- snowdrops, daffodils and crocuses were flowering in all the glades in the South Glebe. The first signs of life amongst the trees were the catkins on the alders and especially the hazel trees. Their yellow appearance made them easy to spot throughout our woods and hedges. All around and very obvious was the Common Yellow Lichen- Xanthoria. It seems to thrive on the bark of both twigs and trunks of many types of tree.

During my walk I saw and heard 8 robins singing at the tops of their voices- proclaiming their territories. Both sexes maintain separate territories in Winter. But their songs were eclipsed by the loud melodious song of a song thrush which could be heard throughout the South Glebe. Wrens, blackbirds, great tits and dunnocks were also singing with varying intensities.

There were 60 or so fieldfares with a few redwings feeding on the ground amongst the hawthorn bushes probably feeding on haws that have dropped to the ground. We have a resident green woodpecker which feeds on the ground in all glades and a kestrel which hunts over any open ground. Our vole populations must be quite numerous. 4 brown hares – 2 in each Glebe- have been very obvious this month. A small group were jumping around and ‘boxing’ in our neighbour’s field.

Alas, for the second month in a row I did not spot a yellow hammer. I miss their characteristic ‘zit zit’ calls. I am certain they will be back soon and Spring can really begin.