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About Us




Since being formed by a group of family funeral directors, landowners and ecologists, the Natural Burial Company has always sought to unite traditional values with ‘ahead of its time’ thinking and truly personal service to care for the bereaved and the environment.

The Managers of the Natural Burial Company opened their first Natural Burial Ground in 1998.  They combined the expertise and experience of the Ginns Family, Funeral Directors since 1858 and pioneers of environmentally friendly funerals. Edward Packe-Drury-Lowe, whose family has farmed and managed the Prestwold Estate near Loughborough in Leicestershire for over three hundred years. And Lord Clifton Wrottesley whose family owned the historic Wrottesley Hall estate near Wolverhampton in Staffordshire for almost 900 years, and who still has a keen interest in the local area.


The team has since been supplemented by the introduction of Christopher Doggett Dip.F.D. as our Managing Director. Christopher has approaching 40 years experience working within funeral service and is dedicated to supporting the community and working to alleviate funeral poverty. Our team also includes extremely experienced Funeral Directors and Administrators, passionate about the environment and caring for the bereaved.

Our aim is to establish areas of natural beauty where wildlife can flourish long into the future without the disturbances that modern life creates. A burial in our Woodland or Natural Burial Grounds is a statement of intent to establish, preserve and encourage wildlife in a world where habitats are fast disappearing, by leaving our loved ones in gentle, respectful peace, amongst wild flowers, trees, birds and other flora and fauna. What more perfect legacy can there be than a beautiful tree, supporting life and providing natural beauty for future generations.

Our Burial Grounds are places of tranquillity and natural beauty.

You may choose a grave plot in advance, or a group of graves, in their preferred locations, perhaps near trees or ponds, or in a wild flower meadow. Safe in the knowledge that in the future the burial ground will be returned to nature.

A local species of tree or shrub, with a plaque, can be planted and act as a lasting memorial, the area will then be a haven for insects and birds.  All burial plots can be chosen in advance, as can all aspects of a funeral service or celebration of life, so that at the time of need, everything can be arranged without undue distress.


Burial of cremated remains is also possible.  Plots can be purchased for a family so that they can be buried together, perhaps marked by memorial trees, a benchbird nesting boxbat roosting box or a plaque.

We are able to offer graves for children up to 12 years of age for no charge.  We also offer memorial trees and plaques for people who are buried or cremated elsewhere and whose family simply want to remember their loved ones in a peaceful place of natural beauty.

We have several burial grounds, all established with the expressed aim of encouraging local wildlife, and are planning to open others in various parts of the country. So a chosen grave in one area could be exchanged for a grave in another area as families move location.

Furthermore, as there is an increased desire for not only environmentally friendly funerals, but also totally personalised services, rather than a traditional funeral. The Natural Burial Company now offer fully personalised Family Led Services and Natural Direct Funerals. The dedicated, experienced team can help support a family through all the arrangements to ensure a truly personal goodbye to a loved one.

At present we operate sites at Scraptoft, in the countryside to the east of Leicester; Prestwold, on the Prestwold Estate to the east of Loughborough, Leicestershire; and Wrottesley Park, on the Wrottesley Park Estate in Staffordshire, near Wolverhampton.

We hope you will join with us in providing a haven for wildlife, and a haven of peace and contemplation to remember loved ones by.

Latest News

Saying Goodbye Should Not Cost The Earth

You may have seen the recent SunLife Cost of Dying 2024 Report*, this provides a breakdown of average costs for funerals, including direct cremations and direct burials, nationwide. At The

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Survey shows public demand for greener funerals

A survey, conducted by The Natural Burial Company, has provided clear evidence of public demand for greener funerals, and for more information to be available regarding environmentally friendly funeral options.

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Christmas and New Year Remembrance

In common with previous years, we will be relaxing our regulations throughout the festive period to allow tasteful, personalisation of graves using natural materials. Between Sunday 10th December 2023 and

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Official Opening of The Orchards at Prestwold Natural Burial Ground

The official opening of the Orchards at Prestwold Natural Burial Ground will be conducted by The Rt Hon Baroness Morgan of Cotes this coming Saturday, 9th September 2023. Everyone is

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