Natural burial at Westall Park

Autumn Notice

The weather has been kind to us towards the end of summer so we have managed to cut the grass in the Park in record time. This has been part due to the help of our new groundsman Carl, who has quickly become one of the team. You will see him working in the Park over the coming months so please feel free to say hello!

To keep the Park in its natural state we would like to remind visitors not to compost or garden plots in any way as this goes against the ethos of the park and can be damaging and upsetting to all who abide by and respect the whole concept of natural burial. We have a selection of wildflower seeds specifically chosen for the soil conditions here. These are available from the office upon request for anyone wishing to sow seeds on a loved ones plot. If there is anything you wish to plant yourselves we would kindly ask you to check with us first to make sure it is appropriate. Throughout the winter we will be topping up plots new AND old to ensure they all are at ground level, so don’t worry if a grave a few years old has been laid with new soil, we are just ensuring the safety of the terrain.

A couple of years ago we re-designed our plaques and now offer a new sandstone effect acrylic plaque that sits flush with the ground. Not only will they last much longer than our old wooden plaques but they are less intrusive visually, less of a trip hazard and enable us to manage the park much more efficiently. For anyone who has a wooden plaque that is falling into disrepair we offer a renewal service to change from the old plaque for a new sandstone effect one for £50. Whilst cutting the grass this year we removed plaques that are no longer fit for purpose, so if you visit and find it missing, please call in to the office or telephone us to discuss.

Just to remind visitors the gate will be opened at 9am and locked at 5pm throughout the year. We do have a couple of parking spaces in front of the main gate for anyone wanting to visit out of hours and don’t mind a nice evening walk. We regret that we can not keep the Park gate open later than 5pm, but we must make sure that the Park is secured when staff leave the premises, as all cemeteries do.

Many Thanks

Amy and Dan

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Why choose a natural burial?

Natural burial at Westall ParkNatural burials (also known as “green burials”, “woodland burials” or “eco-friendly burials”) are becoming ever more popular.  In fact it seems that we in the UK are leading the world in natural burials with over 260 natural burial sites across the country.  Since the ’80s there has been a steady increase in the numbers of people opting for this as their preferred way to say their last goodbyes.  There are a number of simple reasons why it has become such an attractive option:

  1. Traditional burials typically involve burying a lot of toxic embalming fluids, metal and other non-environmentally friendly products.  Cremations also leave a significant environmental footprint.  Natural burials strive to ensure that you leave no negative impact on our environment, and in essence you are able to positively give back to nature rather than impact it negatively.
  2. A natural burial is a great way to reduce the burden on the family and friends you leave behind – there are no graves to tend, and the burial process is far simpler than a traditional casket and cemetery burial.  We let nature take care of everything.
  3. Burial costs tend to be lower than traditional funerals, further reducing the burden on the family left behind.
  4. Many people are attracted by the notion of a reconnecting with nature and a “return to the earth”.  Natural burials are just that – a natural and simple way of returning to the earth and returning to nature.
  5. Traditional cemeteries are typically sombre places to visit.  Natural burial grounds offer a beautiful and nature-filled place where friends and family can come and visit and remember loved ones in a wonderful environment.

If you have any questions at all about what a natural burial entails then please feel free to get in touch with Amy or Dan on 01386 792806 or email us at info@westallpark.co.uk.