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Atlantic Rest Natural Burial


Natural burial differs in the most part from conventional burial in that traditional headstones are not used.  

Instead a living memorial can be created by way of a native tree and or wildflowers.

A selection of trees will be available to be purchased as a memorial, at a cost of £65 per tree.  Only one tree will be permitted per grave - one tree on a double plot.  The cost includes purchase of the tree, appropriate guarding and planting in the next tree planting season following interment, along with aftercare.  Regrettably trees are not available on ashes interments unless you are willing to purchase a single burial plot for this.  Ashes being interred in a single burial plot with a tree does allow for 2 - 4 sets of ashes to be interred together.

The existing coppice provides opportunity to have a tree near ashes, the rate of trees is one per 4 ash plots.

Trees available are:

  • Alder Buckthorn
  • Cornish Elm
  • Crab Apple
  • Guelder Rose
  • Hawthorn
  • Hazel
  • Holly
  • Oak
  • Spindle
  • Wild Cherry
  • Wayfaring

Not all trees are always available so each year I will contact families and ask them to choose from the list that we have available at that time.  For each tree planted from the 2020 tree planting season onwards we will be making a £5.00 donation per tree to The Woodland Trust.  Look out for our donation news in the spring time.

Wildflower seeds may be scattered on freshly interred graves.  However seeds must be obtained from Atlantic Rest Natural Burial.  This is to ensure that inappropriate species are not contained within the mix, that may have originated from abroad.  Wildflower seeds will be provided free of charge.

Memorial Plaques:

We have had a lot of requests for some form of marker and we have now sourced a biodegradable wood product to do just this.   Plaques will be available to sit flush with the ground level and will be expected to return to the earth in a timescale of somewhere between 5-10 years.  

Markers cost £50.  

Please click here to open a pdf document of the different choices for plaque images and some examples.



If you are visiting our website because you are due to attend a burial with us - please read the following.


Thank you for reading, we understand that this may be a difficult time for you but please read to the end as it will benefit your overall experience on the day.


There will be two temporary signs out in Woolley, the first is a floor sign that indicates you need to turn left, this is a black and orange sign.  You will then reach our banner that will be at the end of the lane.


Parking is limited at Atlantic Rest. If you know that there is likely to be a high number of people attending the burial - please arrange to car share. This doesn’t need to mean from your start point; but can be done from very near your destination.  There is a very large lay-by just after you turn off of the main A39 into Woolley.  Please park there if necessary, and ride down to the site with others.


Please do not in any circumstances drive into Woolley and leave your vehicle on the green (where the first sign is) or on any verges nearby - we have a good relationship with the locals, that we need to maintain.


When you get to the end of the lane, please stop and wind your window down to receive instructions of how and where to park your vehicle.  We manage the parking as best we can but it does require your cooperation.  We ask people to reverse park where possible, so that you can all easily filter out when it is time to leave.


We do have overflow car parking but it is limited.


When parked and congregating with others, please be mindful of other vehicles manoeuvring.


There is a gravel path through the main part of Penlow but you will likely need to walk on the grass too. Please note that high heels will sink.


If you require assistance with mobility - we do have a scooter that we can use for you.  You will only need to sit on it and we will operate the scooter.  Please call in advance if this is required - 07775 726 907.


Thank you for bearing with, and reading this till the end.


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