South Downs Natural Burial Site
Nestling under a canopy of broadleaf trees and a yew grove, our natural burial site lies in a peaceful and secluded corner of The Sustainability Centre.
It is bordered on three sides by woodland, creating a true sense of intimacy and privacy. Part of the South Downs National Park, the south side overlooks a 50-acre sheep pasture and, on a clear day, gives breathtaking views across Hampshire down to the coast.
Many families have found great comfort here, laying their loved ones to rest with natural and simple dignity.
In keeping with our ethos, each grave is dug especially by hand to minimise any impact on the flora, fauna and tranquility of the site. Coffins and shrouds are made from fully biodegradable materials. No permanent headstones or grave-markings are used here (again, to protect the natural surroundings) but families are most welcome to plant native wild flowers.
For the burial itself, the coffin is conveyed through the grounds using a hand-drawn bier, or a horse-drawn cart. We also offer a room in which services are held, and can arrange hospitality.
Naturally, the location of each grave is meticulously plotted and recorded, and families are provided with a map. A book of remembrance also allows messages and photographs to be recorded on a dedicated page.
Like the Centre, the burial site is owned by the charity Earthworks Trust.
Our natural burial ground is managed according to an ecologically sound system. The woodland is worked as a coppice to ensure a rich bio-diversity, encouraging wildlife including owls, badgers, raptors and stoats.
The native woodland, created by the planting of memorial trees, has become a lasting tribute to those who rest here.
We would be delighted to show you this special and unique resting place. Please call to make an appointment.
Woodland Burial Grounds:
Commemorative Trees, Memorial Benches, Scattering Ashes,