We hope that this list below will answer any questions that may come to mind. We are bound to have missed something - so please do contact us for any extra information.
Can I visit the site whenever I like?
The site will be open 365 days a year, from Dawn until Dusk.
How will I find the grave if/when I re-visit?
For a time after interment the grave will be found easily. If you wish to locate a grave once it has blended with the natural environment then please contact us and we will be happy to help. The next of kin will also receive a map following the burial, locating the top left corner of the grave from the four nearest marker pins.
Can I buy a plot in advance?
Yes, you can purchase in advance. If you would like to do this then please contact us to arrange a visit. A Right of Burial certificate will be issued for 25 years. Contact must be made at this time to confirm that the plot is still required. The certificate will then be re-issued, no further costs will be incurred. Plots can also be bought when needed.
Who will look after the site?
Whilst the site is operational it will be cared for by Atlantic Rest Natural Burial staff.
What happens when the site is full?
Once the site is well established, arrangements will be made with The Wildlife Trust for the site to be transferred to them. There will be a Woodland Management Fee taken from each plot sale and put a side in a ring-fenced fund that will also transfer to the Trust with the site to ensure the ongoing maintenance. The site will always be available as a public space.
Can I plant any trees or wild flowers myself?
Atlantic Rest Natural Burial staff will be responsible for planting of trees. Wildflowers can been planted by relatives but must be obtained from the company. Wildflower seeds will be supplied free of charge.
Can I put a plaque on the tree?
No plaques will be permitted on the trees themselves, but we will consider a memorial board that could contain the name of the deceased if there is a demand.
We are now offering wooden memorial plaques which sit flush with the ground, please see the news page for further details.
Is the site consecrated?
No, the site is not consecrated. If you wish to have individual graves blessed - this is welcome.
Who prepares the grave?
Grave preparation will be carried out by Atlantic Rest Natural Burial staff for health and safety purposes. If you wish, family can assist with backfilling of the grave.
Do I need a Funeral Director?
You do not need a Funeral Director if you do not wish to use one. If you intend to care for the body of the deceased yourself, please do ask us and we can guide you in the right direction. However, most families welcome the support of and experienced professional.
You can do as much or as little as you would like - make you wishes clear with your family and work together.
Do I need a Minister or Celebrant?
You could conduct the burial ceremony yourself if you wish - perhaps family members would all like to say something at the graveside? You can also of course use the services of a Minister or Celebrant.
What kind of coffin can be used?
Any kind of eco-friendly coffin or shroud can be used. Please see the 'What do you allow? page.
What about embalming?
Embalmed bodies will not be accepted as a matter of course. If there are very exceptional circumstances such as repatriation - then it will be acceptable.
Can I transfer my right of burial to someone else?
Burial rights are not transferrable, you may sell your plot back to Atlantic Rest Natural Burial at the price you paid for it less an admin charge of £50.
Can I have a burial any time or day?
Burials are encouraged between the hours of 11am and 2pm and may take place Monday to Saturday.
What happens after the burial?
Once interment has occured Atlantic Rest Natural Burial Staff will back fill the grave, if the family wishes to help, then please let us know in advance. There will be opportunity for wild flower seeds to be scattered on the soil if the family wish. A letter will be sent to the family following interment with details of the burial plot location. This will also be accompanied by the ANBG feedback form. If a tree has been chosen; it will be planted in the next planting season following interment.
How do I find the site?
Please click on the map on the right hand column and it will give you a good idea. The site address is: Penlow Field, Woolley, Morwenstow, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 9PP. The postcode will get you to the centre of Woolley (Woolley Green), you MUST keep left here and follow the road until you arrive at the lane. This is a concrete entrance.
Please note that this is not the correspondence address.
How do I leave feedback?
Please email or telephone us with any general feedback. After an interment takes place, an ANBG feedback form will be posted to the next of kin along with a map marking the grave plot. This feedback goes directly to the Association of Natural Burial Grounds office; and is used to measure the performance of association members.
How do I make a complaint?
In the first instance please contact us directly if you wish to make a complaint. Alternatively you can also contact the Association of Natural Burial Grounds on 01962 712 690.
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Please note: if attending the site you are advised to wear flat shoes - high heels will make travelling the site difficult for the wearer of said shoes!