30 September 2019Silver Award Winners

Industry Award for Local Cemetery


A Cornish Cemetery has scooped a prize at the National Cemetery of the Year Awards.


The Memorial Awareness Board (MAB) has been promoting and organising the Cemetery of the Year Awards for nearly 20 years.  Atlantic Rest Natural Burial won the 2019 Silver prize in the Natural Burial Ground category of the National Competition and received the award at the ‘Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management Learning Convention and Exhibition’ earlier this month.


Philip Potts of the Memorial Awareness Board said; 

‘The awards are an excellent opportunity to reward hard-working staff and demonstrate the central role Natural Burial Grounds can play in the community. They provide places of peaceful contemplation and beauty, as well as their ecological importance.


 ‘The team at Atlantic Rest performed exceptionally throughout the extensive judging period which is focused on Industry Standards, Environmental Issues and Good Practice. 


Sheridon Rosser; Natural Burial Ground Manager said: “This award is such a wonderful recognition for us, it acknowledges that we really go above and beyond to  provide a reliable, friendly and quality service.  Tom and I are thrilled to receive a silver award, putting natural burial firmly on the map for the Westcountry’.


The Cemetery of the Year Award has been supported and endorsed by leading industry Associations –


Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM)

The Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (FBCA)

The Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC)

British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons (BRAMM)

National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM)



02 September 2019Cemetery of the Year Awards - F I N A L I S T

Some exciting news to share.....back in July we were asked as a natural burial provider if we’d like to take part in the Cemetery of the Year Awards in the new ‘Natural Burial’ category. πŸ†

I pondered this for a couple of weeks and asked a few questions and so on - I then decided it’s a free competition so we have nothing to loose, I just needed to answer some questions online about our procedures and how we run our site and so forth. 

After the competition closes everyone entered gets a spreadsheet of their answers and we found that we actually scored very high. About a week later I had a phone call from one of the adjudicators to say that our score was in the top three in the country in our category!!! 

So this meant that my answers were adjudicated on Thursday afternoon just gone and we were told that we need to attend the award ceremony later this month! 

So Tom and I will be attending the ICCM - Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management exhibition where the ceremony will take place on 24th September. 

We look forward to letting you all know how we get on and thank everyone for their continued support πŸŒΏπŸŒΈ

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