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History

The Natural Burial Company is one of the oldest environmentally friendly funeral service providers in the United Kingdom.  Initially formed in 1995 as The Leicestershire Renewable Energy Partnership Limited, The Natural Burial Company opened its first natural burial ground at Prestwold, near Loughborough, in 1998.  This was the brainchild of Simon Packe-Drury-Lowe of Prestwold Hall who was a great believer in caring for the environment and ensuring appropriate planning for personalised funeral services.  Simon was joined by Paul Ginns, formerly of Ginns and Gutteridge Funeral Directors, who also shared a passion for the environment.  Paul was also a pioneer of cardboard and environmentally friendly coffins.

In 2002 a further burial ground was opened at Scraptoft, just outside of Leicester.  This burial ground ensures a beautiful, peaceful place to remember, so close to the hustle and bustle of the City.

Bill Ginns joined the company, utilising his many years of experience and knowledge of funeral service to further enhance the team and develop the burial grounds and services offered.

Wrottesley Park
Opening of Wrottesley Park Natural Burial Ground – Gavin Williamson MP, Lord Clifton Wrottesley and Bill Ginns.

In 2015 a third burial ground was opened at Wrottesley Park, close to Wolverhampton.  This further site has ensured the people of the West Midlands have an oasis of tranquillity and calm to remember loved ones.

The Natural Burial Company continues to develop under the passionate management of a committed team with services added and events organised to support the bereaved.  In fact, The Natural Burial Company received the prestigious award of Best Bereavement Awareness Event of the Year in 2019 for The Prestwold Hall Bereavement Awareness Day. Further recognition followed, as The Natural Burial Company was awarded Burial Ground of the Year in 2021.

All three burial grounds continue to provide places to rest, at one with nature, for all.   And the team are actively searching for additional natural burial grounds to further enhance service to the bereaved and care for the environment.

Latest News

Supporting Green Funerals

The Natural Burial Company have been working with our friends at The Association of Green Funeral Directors Home (greenfd.org.uk) to create a film to help improve awareness of green and

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Helping you to make an informed choice

When arranging a funeral service many people look for environmentally friendly options. But if the information you require is not available how do you know you are making the right

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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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