of the Burial Ground.
order to ensure that the Ground is maintained as a woodland
burial ground, in keeping with the Trust's aims, it is necessary
to enforce certain rules and regulations as follows:
1. The planting
of trees and other plants is authorised by the Trustees alone.
No gardening of the woodland is permitted.
2. Cut flowers
can be placed on graves but the Trustees reserve the right
to remove them as part of routine care after a period of time.
Artificial flowers are not permitted.
3. The form of
graveside ceremony must be dignified but not necessarily explicitly
Christian. The Trustees or their representative must approve
the form of ceremony (and the person conducting it). Any form
of service authorised by any recognised Christian Church would
automatically be acceptable for use at the graveside.
The coffin or casket must be made of biodegradable material,
either wood or cardboard. As far as possible the use of preservatives
The grave can be marked by a wooden plaque. There
will be no long term visible markers but all graves will be
discreetly recorded by the Arbory Trust so that their location
can be determined exactly. A current list of plaque makers is available on request.
6. No exhumations
will be permitted under any circumstances except by lawful
7. The Trustees
are legal owners of the whole woodland.
8. Refunds are
made only in exceptional circumstances and entirely at the
discretion of the Trustees. Where a refund is approved, normally
half of the original registration fee (currently £375)
is retained and treated as a donation towards the objectives
of the Trust to establish woodland burial grounds.
The Trustees reserve
the right to vary the Rules and Regulations at any time.
a summary of the way these Rules are currently enforced, with
practical, day-to-day requirements:
One must remember
that we are creating a natural woodland environment, where
graves blend into the meadow glades leaving only wild flowers
to add to the natural beauty. Mementos do not form part of
that long-term vision. We acknowledge that a short-term (wooden)
marker is often important, but it is not intended that there
should be anything left permanently to visibly mark a grave
in due course. We do hope you will help us by following them-
and if you have any questions, please ask and we'll be happy
In order to encourage
a classic native woodland environment, only wild flowers authorised
by the Trust may be planted on graves. A leaflet is available
All plaques or
markers should be natural wood only (with
no brass or plastic attachments or mounting posts) and should
be roughly the size of an A3 piece of paper. There is an example
in the Lodge (visible through the window if locked) as a guide
to size. Markers should be placed flush to the ground to enable
a mower to pass over it. Any plaque not complying with these
requirements will be adjusted without further reference. A current list of plaque makers is available on request.
No oasis or floral
tributes with wire, plastic or tape or artificial flowers
are allowed. Cellophane, ribbon and foil must be removed from
To maintain a natural
woodland landscape, no ornaments, greetings cards, balloons,
birdhouses, lanterns or vases or other such items are allowed.
This includes stones, flowerpots or stakes, ropes, ties or
other 'garden' items.
We remove unauthorised
items quickly, for the sake of all who support the Trust and
for all who visit.
In order to avoid
a multiplicity of styles, only benches authorised by the Administrator
are allowed to be placed following consultation as to size,
design and location. It is unlikely that any more benches
will be permitted in the current phase of development.
Benches that are
deemed to present a safety hazard will be removed, and not
automatically replaced. A replacement policy will be decided
upon in due course by the Trustees, to ensure an appropriate
layout of bench locations, and their spacing and style.