Arbory Trust is a Church of England registered charity. We
have no geographical or theological boundaries governing those
who may be buried at the Arbory Trust - people from all races
and religions, from near or far, are genuinely and regularly
welcomed to the burial ground.
The Arbory Trust
was established in 2000, offering a real alternative to churchyards
and municipal cemeteries, many of which are either full or
land at Barton was originally church glebe land, and we maintain
that link by referring to the site at Barton as Barton Glebe.
As the years have passed, the trees and wild flowers planted
and sown at the start of the scheme in a bare field have flourished,
and the Glebe is a beautiful place to be, offering a natural
beauty and openness which many churchyards and cemeteries
cannot. A wide variety of wildlife is also now returning to
the site, adding a new dimension to its development. For an
update on the birdlife in particular, do read the bird life
articles written by Trustee Dr Gareth Thomas in 2008 and 2009,
which are available on the
Leaflets, newsletters and forms page.
As a non-profit
making organisation, any surplus funds generated will go towards
ensuring the continued maintenance of our burial grounds in
In 2009 we acquired
an adjacent field at Barton, which has been planted, bringing our total area to approximately
40 acres. We call this the North Glebe, the original area being the South Glebe. It will be opened for burials in Spring 2016.
freehold land at Barton is owned by the Trust, and the first
phase was consecrated by the Bishop of Ely (Chair of the Trustees)
in 2002. The Memorial Lodge (generously funded by donations)
was dedicated by him in 2005.
In 2010 the Lodge
was extended to provide enhanced accommodation and facilities
for visitors. All donations towards this project were gratefully received and very much appreciated.
The Arbory Trustees
offer a wide range of expertise, from theological to land
management input, which has contributed hugely to both the
establishment and continuing development of the Trust.
The current trustees,
most of whom have been involved with the Trust since its inception,
Rt. Revd. the Bishop of Ely
Peter Owen Jones
|Mr Howard Dellar
||Mr Richard Pemberton
||Mrs Judy Pearson
| Sir Hugh Duberly
|The Lord Fairhaven
|| Dr Gareth
|Dr Matthew Lavis
the Trustees: Mr Steve Scott (The Forestry Commission)