We are pleased to announce that our new natural burial ground, The Orchards at Prestwold, is now available for full burials and interments of cremated remains. Situated close to Loughborough, the natural burial ground is easily accessible from Charnwood, Leicester, Nottingham and throughout the Midlands. In fact, as there are no additional fees for non-residents anyone can purchase a plot at The Orchards.
This new natural burial ground is being lovingly developed to ensure a beautiful resting place, ensuring a natural legacy for those in its care, and a tranquil place to visit and remember. All burials will be conducted ensuring care for the environment, nature and biodiversity.
Trees are currently being planted to encourage wildlife and a sensory area is also being developed for nature and visitors alike. Burial plots may be selected in advance, and a tree planted for a natural legacy. Alternatively, meadow plots can also be chosen, ensuring beautiful views of the countryside.
The Orchards will ensure sufficient space is available for natural burial for decades to come, allowing plots to be selected and paid for many years in advance.
Full services can also be conducted at The Orchards, with Shelters, Chairs and music provided. The Natural Burial Company can also supply refreshments if required, or you can bring your own picnic to celebrate the life of your loved one. Only one service is conducted a day, so there are no time constraints.
For further information, or to arrange to visit The Orchards, please email info@thenaturalburialcompany or telephone us on (0116) 222 0247.
Whilst our ethos is to provide natural burials we realise that for many reasons people may require cremation services. We are noticing many are opting for a direct cremation, and then arranging a natural burial for the cremated remains. As such, we believe it appropriate to provide the most environmentally friendly option we can for those who require a direct cremation and then arrange a natural legacy for future generations.
Therefore, we are now able to provide a complete direct cremation with natural interment of cremated remains. Arranged and conducted by our own caring, trusted team. For each cremation we will plant three trees, one on the grave and two others at one of our natural burial grounds.
As we are dedicated to supporting the environment our direct cremation services must be followed by a natural interment of cremated remains. This interment can be a private event or a full service or celebration of life. Our aim is to provide a truly personal goodbye and provide a beautiful natural memorial and legacy, whilst keeping costs to a minimum.
There are many benefits to our direct services.
Cost – Direct services are below that of “traditional” funerals. Direct natural burials cost £1,690 and direct cremations with natural interment of cremated remains (including the planting of three trees) is available from £1,750.
Convenience – Whilst the direct (unattended) cremation is conducted at the earliest opportunity, the interment can then be arranged at a later date convenient for all. For example, a celebration of life could be arranged on a special date or when the weather is warmer. The celebration can include a picnic, music or anything personal to make a truly special goodbye.
Peace of Mind – Many direct services are arranged by web based companies. Our services are all arranged and conducted by our well respected team. We provide exactly the same level of care and service for all of our clients.
Caring for the Environment – Caring for the environment is key to everything that we do. We only use environmentally friendly coffins for all of our direct services. And we plant three trees for each direct cremation conducted.
A Natural Legacy – Trees planted will provide a beautiful legacy that will also help support the environment. All of our burial grounds are managed with a light touch to encourage nature and promote biodiversity.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require further information, we are here to help you.
As you may be aware, restrictions on attending funeral and memorial services are being eased from Monday 17th May 2021. However, some restrictions do remain and we wish to confirm how this will impact upon burial and memorial services at our natural burial grounds.
We have carefully considered how we can maximize the number of people who can arrange a burial service, whilst ensuring that social distancing can be safely adopted at the burial grounds and in our car parks. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that from Monday 17th May a total of fifty (50) people may attend full burial services at our natural burial grounds. This is subject to social distancing being observed and all present abiding by the guidelines in place at the time of the service.
In order to help us prepare for services we request that we are provided with numbers attending in advance of any service if the number attending will exceed 25 people. This will allow our team to take the appropriate precautions. Confirmation of regulations and any additional requirements will also be provided to the funeral director or person arranging the burial at the earliest opportunity prior to the service.
With regards to services for cremated remains and memorial events such as tree planting, a maximum of thirty people are able to attend. Again, we will contact the arranger prior to these services to ensure that there is a clear understanding of the regulations and to ensure the highest levels of safety for those present.
We will endeavor to remove all restrictions on numbers at the earliest legal and practical opportunity. In the meantime we will work to see if we are able to increase the numbers who may attend services if this can be done safely. Please accept our assurance that we are dedicated to helping and supporting everyone attending services and visiting our natural burial grounds, whilst doing everything we can to keep everyone safe.
We can, and will, continue to do everything we can to help support the bereaved, encourage nature and ensure biodiversity. We are here for you at or on (0116) 222 0247.
We take great pride in the important role we play in caring for the bereaved and the environment, and are dedicated to doing all we can to help make a positive difference. Key to much that we do are our core commitments. We think it would also be beneficial to share these commitments with you:
Care and Support for the Bereaved
We will do whatever we can to help those in time of need. This includes our personal availability and the services we provide. We will only conduct one burial a day at each of our burial grounds, ensuring that there are no time constraints on services. We help support and advise on Family Led Services and DIY funerals. We can also provide shelters, chairs, a quality blue tooth speaker and refreshments (when Covid regulations allow) to ensure that a final goodbye is everything that it should be.
Personalised services can be arranged and themed funerals, picnics and evening torch-lit services have all been conducted. Grave plots can be chosen and a complete range of memorials is available, including trees and nature homes to ensure a natural legacy for future generations.
Care for the Environment
Caring for the environment is one of the biggest challenges we all face today. As such, our burial grounds are developed and managed to encourage nature and make a positive difference to the environment. Natural burial is so much more environmentally friendly than cremation and traditional burial, and helps ensure beautiful, natural areas for the future.
Trees are essential to the balance of nature and play an enormous role in removing damaging particles from the air, helping flood control, supporting many life forms and providing a calming and positive place to visit. Promoting bio-diversity also ensures habitats for so many forms of life, essential to our planet.
We will care and develop our burial grounds with a light touch to allow nature to thrive, with the associated benefits for us all. And, within time, all of our burial grounds will be left to nature as woodlands and meadows for the benefit of all.
Fighting Funeral Poverty
We understand that funeral poverty is very real for so many people. Therefore, we are committed to ensuring that our prices are low, ensuring burial services and memorials are available for much lower costs than many traditional cemeteries.
We can help and support simple family led services to minimise costs at what is already a difficult and stressful time. And are available to advise how other costs can be reduced.
Our Direct Natural Burial Service also allows a simple, cost effective burial, with all of the advantages of direct cremation. Whilst also supporting the environment and ensuring a beautiful place to visit and remember.
Helping Future Planning
An increasing number of people are looking to plan, and in some cases pay for, their funeral service. This allows peace of mind and removes the financial burden and/or the worry of making the wrong decisions for those left behind. Future planning also ensures that any special requests you have are not forgotten. This could be personalisation of a service with a theme, alternative transport (a VW Camper or Horse Drawn Hearse for example), or music. Alternatively putting “money behind the bar” for family and friends to enjoy a toast and share memories of good times.
Burial plots can be chosen and paid for in advance (at today’s price) and we can help you to prepare documents detailing personal wishes. Many people find that this process is not morbid, rather is a positive and enlightening experience. And the plans for your final goodbye can be amended as you find new music or enjoy new hobbies.
Our team are here for you and for the environment. If we can help in any way, or if you would like further information regarding our commitments and services, you are welcome to contact us on (0116) 222 0247 or by email
Providing beautiful, environmentally friendly, cost effective burial services in a peaceful woodland or meadow setting.
In recent years there has been an increase in direct cremations, initially due to high profile funerals such as that of David Bowie. More recently the covid crisis has necessitated this option for many in society. The advantages of such a service are clear, the cost is much below that of a traditional funeral and greater emphasis can be placed on what may be seen as more appropriate ways to remember and celebrate a life. Especially for those who are not religious.
However, it is not well known that direct natural burial is also available. This allows the cost and simplicity advantages of direct cremation whilst also ensuring the greatest possible care for nature and the environment. This also allows the opportunity for family and friends to visit a beautiful area of peace and tranquility to remember their loved one.
So what is a direct natural burial? Put simply, the burial is conducted with the usual care and respect at one of our natural burial grounds, but without a service and with no mourners present. The Natural Burial Company would choose the grave plot and this would remain unmarked. The family would be aware of the burial ground, but would not be informed of the exact location of the plot. However, a memorial tree and/or plaque may be purchased and be placed in our memorial area. The grave plot may also be purchased at a later date, this would then allow for the grave to be identified and memorials to be placed on the grave if you wish.
As the service is simplified and the grave is not identified the cost is significantly less than for a standard burial plot. This allows for funds to be available for a celebration, memorial service or other activity in remembrance. As with all of our services we ensure that our care for the deceased, the bereaved and the environment is total.
A direct burial plot with gravedigging and administration fees is £780 at our Prestwold and Scraptoft Natural Burial Grounds and £850 at our Wrottesley Park Natural Burial Ground. Additional charges will be made by your funeral director for other items such as the coffin, transport and their professional services.
For further information regarding direct natural burial please don’t hesitate to contact The Natural Burial Company or your funeral director. We are here at all times to help you care for the environment, save money and ensure a beautiful natural legacy.