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If you are a landowner, Native Woodland would like to talk to you. Native Woodland has already established relationships with major country estates, and wildlife trusts and is keen to expand it's portfolio of natural burial grounds.
Suitable sites are tranquil, naturally beautiful places - we place great emphasis on the aesthetics of a site as well as taking into account technical considerations such as access, ground conditions, hydrology and demographics.
A prospective site will ideally have…
- scenic views
- a sustainable land use, such as grazing
- straightforward access with good visibility
- a water table below 5m
- soil depth of ~3m
- sandy clay soils (preferably)
- no nearby houses
- a large town or city within about 15 miles
Areas used for burials should not be…
- within 250m of any spring or well used for drinking water
- within 50m of any other spring, borehole or well
- within 50m of any watercourse
Native Woodland’s burial grounds...
- offer landowners considerably more income from the land than through regular agriculture
- supply the growing demand for “green” alternatives to conventional funerals
- present local authorities with opportunities for new private partnerships to ease pressure on cemetery space, meet environmental targets and reduce maintenance commitments
- give wildlife trusts and other charities chances to be closely involved with nature conservation projects
- provide the prospect of excellent long term revenue
By working together, the landowner and Native Woodland Ltd. benefit from the complementary experience, assets and expertise that each has to offer the venture. Using our in-house capabilities, we can fully investigate prospective sites and do all that is required to gain planning consent, without the need to bring in consultants. The landowner need not be involved in this potentially frustrating part of the venture. Once consent is obtained and the site is operational, NW benefits from the landowner’s intimate local knowledge and hands-on management of the land. NW manages all sales and marketing, administration, statutory recording and liaison with Funeral Directors and families. As the UK’s leading provider of natural burial sites, the landowner also benefits from NW’s brand recognition, website exposure and multiple-site advertising savings.
Make use of non-viable land
In most cases, the land that will be used for natural burials will be land that has no other viable use. Where grassland is chosen for the site, this can still be selectively grazed and income from this source is available to the landowner. There is also the opportunity to provide grave digging services.
Council and wildlife trust support
By working with NW, local authorities can offer the public a “green” alternative to traditional cemeteries and crematoriums, and can continue to provide the council’s lucrative funeral services.
Wildlife and woodland trusts provide expert ecological appraisals of the sites and advise on nature conservation objectives and the site maintenance plans. There is considerable interest in ecologically sound “green” burials from wildlife trust members and by working with us and endorsing our sites, the trusts can influence the development and future maintenance of a site, and satisfy this demand for them to provide such facilities.
Please contact us to let us know of any suitable opportunities - we would be pleased to hear from you.