Our commitment to the environment

Scraptoft Natural Burial Site

By choosing a green, woodland or natural burial every one of us will be contributing to the establishment, expansion and preservation of local ecosystems capable of sustaining a rich variety of natural biodiversity, and also preventing the harmful practices of conventional funeral practices from damaging our environment any further.

Adopting these principles will mean that we can all contribute in our own way to halting the effects of local environmental degradation, and on a wider scale climate change itself. By taking life, through natural burial nature has found a way to give back life, as long as we all choose to do our bit.

For instance, cremation uses large amounts of fossil fuels which releases CO2 as well as significantly contributing to the overall levels of dangerous toxins emitted into the atmosphere. Whilst we recognise there is a place for cremation in today’s mix of funeral practices, we believe that green, woodland or natural burial is a far more sustainable alternative and so will become the norm in the near future.

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Natural or green burials / woodland burials not only use fewer resources, they help to preserve the delicate balance between us and nature, significantly enhancing the future of our environment long into the future, but crucially they also offers better value to each and every one of us that choose this option.

The Natural Burial Company, through our practices in establishing a burial ground and through our daily operations, constantly strives to improve and enhance the local environment, encouraging natural biodiversity, often providing life where a sterile ecology had previously existed, refurbishing derelict land or simply enriching immeasurably the surrounding local ecosystem.

Our light touch ethos means that wildlife and the flora and fauna at our burial grounds are left to flourish, very much in their natural state. Even our wildflower meadows self seed each summer and return to full bloom in the following spring, with little or no intervention from us.

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Minimal maintenance is required, enough to leave the grounds looking presentable, however, not the manicured lawns and surroundings, lines of headstones or graves and sterile ecosystems that are found at conventional cemeteries.

We seek to have as little an impact as possible on our environment, minimising the infrastructure required at each ground, whilst still being able to provide a quality service for our customers. We provide exceptional value, particularly when compared to more conventional funeral practices, but also offer exceptional quality in terms of our complete range of products and services and our commitment to helping our customers wherever and whenever we can.

In choosing a burial at one of our grounds, you are supporting local tradesmen and local employment, ensuring that you and the Natural Burial Company leave a lasting legacy above and beyond the more obvious benefits that following a more sustainable and ethical path of natural burial ordinarily bring. We really are all doing our bit…