Regulations of The Natural Burial Ground
These regulations are made to
enable the Natural Burial Company to shape and preserve a natural area for the
benefit of nature and for future generations of visitors. They are essential to combine a proper
respect for the dead with a suitable management and planting programme to
create sites which are peaceful, pleasant, ecologically rich and a fitting
Care and Behaviour
- These regulations apply to the
Burial Grounds known as – Prestwold Natural Burial Ground, Scraptoft Natural
Burial Ground and Wrottesley Park Natural Burial Ground.
- The Burial Grounds are open at
such hours and upon such days, as the operators will, from time-to time
determine. At present, the grounds are open
daily for the purpose of visiting graves during daylight hours.
- Children under 16 years of age are
not admitted unless in the care of an adult.
- ALL visitors to the grounds must
comply with the Burial Ground regulations, and the Local Authorities Cemeteries
Order, 1977, Article 10, paragraph 6, article and Section 1 of the Criminal
Damages Act 1971.
of the Burial Grounds giving the situation of each burial place is open for
inspection and may be inspected during
normal office hours, by appointment.
must not disturb the wildlife or remove any materials from the sites. Mobile telephones must be switched off within
the burial grounds to preserve the peace and tranquillity of the area.
domestic pets or any animals, other than guide dogs for the blind and well
behaved dogs on a lead are allowed in any part of the Burial Ground. Any
fouling must be immediately removed from the Burial Ground.
visitors must keep to the paths to avoid trampling damage to the natural and
emerging ground cover.
attending a service or to help the disabled or infirm, motor vehicles are
restricted to the car park only.
picking of flowers and shrubs or planting of flowers and shrubs is prohibited
because it will prevent the generation of a natural landscape.
sunbathing, recreational play or ball games are allowed.
shooting or any form of hunting is allowed.
litter. Litterbins are not provided as it is expected that visitors will take
their litter home.
grazing animals are allowed within the burial grounds unless introduced by the
management for conservation purposes.
is allowed, although the privacy, dignity and respect of others at the Burial
Ground must be maintained at all times. No person at the Burial Grounds may be
photographed or their image taken in any way without permission.
Conservation of Nature within the Burial
sites are being managed to encourage the natural landscape. Therefore, the erection of monuments, kerbs,
fences, decorative stones, woodchips and the placing of markers upon burial
plots as well as the cutting of grass on and around plots is not allowed. Non-native plants or seeds must not be
planted on any plots. Trees, borders and other areas within the Burial Ground
are also subject to these regulations.
Natural Burial Company reserve the right to remove any object placed or planted
in the burial grounds, which is judged to contravene the rules and regulations
and be inappropriate to the purpose of a burial ground without prior
notification to the licence holder. They also retain the right to remove any
tree or any other plant which precludes the natural development of other trees
and plants around it.
Booking of Services and Allocation
Grounds are small areas of ground in which human remains or cremated human
remains may be buried. They are
carefully marked by the insertion into the grave of a microchip containing a
unique reference number, which can be accessed by a remote reading device. The location is also marked upon a master plan
and record book. It is possible to
purchase the rights to burial in one or several of these sites in advance. The purchaser may select burial sites
provided that they are within the area designated for use as a Burial Ground. A register of burials is kept and may be inspected during normal office
hours. Searches can be asked for and
certified extracts from it may be obtained on payment of the appropriate fee.
purchase of a burial site is the purchase of grant of the right of burial in
that site only and does not confer ownership of the ground or any other rights.
one internment is permitted in each grave space, but several grave spaces may
be purchased and in certain areas these may be purchased near or next to each
other. For cremated remains, grave
spaces may be purchased for up to six interments.
grants of burial rights granted by the Natural Burial Company are for a period
of 70 years and are subject to these regulations that may be introduced from
time-to-time. It must be understood that
using a reserved grave adjacent to a grave already buried in may result in some
tree damage. No bricked graves or vaults
shall be permitted.
excavations of graves and all other works shall be carried out either by an
employee of the Natural Burial Company or by a person approved by them. For families wishing to help with the
excavation or filling in, special arrangements can be made with the office.
Tributes of any type may be placed on a grave at the time of the funeral but they
will be removed after a reasonable period.
This is to allow the natural ground cover to develop. Bunches of flowers
left on grave by visitors must not be wrapped in cellophane or tied with
florist’s ribbon, as these are not biodegradable. Memorial Trees will be planted at the appropriate time(s) of
year, by The Natural Burial Company. Trees will only be supplied when a full Grave
space has been purchased or in the memorial tree area. Small memorial plaques, supplied by The
Natural Burial Company, can be placed on the grave.
Procedure for Arranging Services
- Notices of interments are to be given to The Natural Burial Company by either a funeral director or a private person. Tel: (0116) 222 0247 Email: [email protected]
- Interments must take place at a date and time agreed with the Natural Burial Company.
- The minimum length of notice to be given where a grave is to be excavated shall be 24 hours excluding Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
- Each notice shall contain the following information:
- Full name of the deceased
- Date of death
- Age of the deceased
- Address of the deceased
- Place of death
- Full description of the place of burial
- An exact description of the size type and shape of coffin.
- The day and hour of the interment (The time at which the deceased will arrive at the Burial Ground)
- Any arrangements made with respect to an officiant
- If a grave has been pre-purchased, the certificate of ownership of the rights must be produced before the burial takes place
- No body shall be buried unless the correct documentation is supplied to The Natural Burial Company.
- No cremated remains shall be buried unless a certificate of cremation is supplied to the Natural Burial Company and only cardboard or wicker caskets to be used. Cremated remains may also be loosely interred.
- No cremated remains will be scattered unless a certificate of cremation is supplied to The Natural Burial Company.
- No body shall be removed from any grave in the Burial Grounds, once interred, without a licence from the Secretary of State under section 25 of the Burial Act 1857.
- The Natural Burial Company encourages the use of cardboard or wicker coffins; or shrouds made from natural materials. Coffins made from wood or non-biodegradable (MDF/ Chipboard) materials are not encouraged in the Burial Grounds. Coffin furniture must not be constructed in plastic or metal materials. The Natural Burial Company would be pleased to offer advice in this respect.
- The deceased cannot be embalmed or have been subjected to hygienic treatment prior to the burial, unless in exceptional circumstances whereby approval must be received from The Natural Burial Company.
- Only environmentally friendly clothing, objects and personal effects can be placed in the coffin.
- The Natural Burial Company reserves the right to fit closed circuit television cameras on the entrance, approach roads and car parks of the Burial Grounds.
- No camping or overnight stays are allowed anywhere on the Burial Ground, Car Park or the roads leading to it.
It must be noted that as natural
burial grounds all burial areas will, in the main, be left to nature. Accordingly, there will potentially be graves
overgrown with plants and grasses as nature intends. This allows wildlife to thrive. Furthermore, whilst efforts are made to keep
paths and tracks clear, ground may be uneven and access difficult at
times. By purchasing a plot at the Natural
Burial Ground you accept these terms and all others listed within these regulations.
Please note: you cannot plant your own tree or shrub in the Burial
Whilst we are certain that most visitors to the natural burial
ground are caring and respectful, we wish to provide a reminder to all visitors
of the standards of respect expected from all:
- Do not place environmentally unfriendly items on graves or in trees. Please consider the impact of all items on the environment, local wildlife and the integrity of the natural burial ground.
- Do not plant any non-native species on graves. The Natural Burial Company seed the burial ground annually and can supply meadow flower seeds and native trees upon request. If you are unsure regarding what may be planted, please contact The Natural Burial Company for advice.
- All rubbish must be taken away from The Natural Burial Ground.
- Please keep noise to a minimum. Playing of music at graveside and loud mobile phone conversations are not appropriate.
- Children and dogs must be under control and dogs always on a lead.
- If conducting any form of maintenance on a grave do not infringe in any way on neighbouring plots.
- Ensure your clothing and behaviour is fitting for a place of remembrance and respect. Tops must be worn, and sunbathing is not allowed.
- During funeral services there may be temporary inconvenience for other visitors. There may be problems parking and additional noise, including the playing of music. Please understand that we all have the right to say goodbye to loved ones in an appropriate manner.
- Our team are here to help protect the
environment and provide the most appropriate, natural burial ground for those
in our care to rest in peace and for visitors to remember in peace and
tranquillity. As such, our team must be
respected and inappropriate words or behaviour towards them, or about them to
others, is totally unacceptable.
If you have any concern regarding any breach of our Respect Policy and/or the Rules and Regulations of the Natural Burial Ground, please do not hesitate to contact our team on (0116) 222 0247 or by email [email protected]
The Natural Burial Company, The Estate Office, Prestwold Hall, Prestwold Lane, Loughborough LE12 5SQ