The Association of Natural Burial Grounds
The Association's Code of Practice
There is now a growing movement for farmers, local authorities, wildlife charities and others to establish Natural Burial Grounds, often with commemorative trees or wildflowers instead of headstones. In 1994 The Natural Death Centre launched the Association of Natural Burial Grounds to assist schemes of this type. Over 200 sites are already open or planned around the UK.
Aims of the Association
The Aims of the Association are:
(a) to put forward a Code of Practice for its members to adhere to, so that members of the public approaching such a burial ground can be assured that it reaches these standards;
(b) to help full and provisional members through all the planning and other hurdles;
(c) to help reassure neighbours of potential sites that they have nothing to fear;
(d) to refer member sites to legal, ecological and other advice;
(e) to provide information for member sites on obtaining coffins and other funeral supplies;
(f) to research and publish on the theme of using land for Natural Burial Grounds;
(g) to provide publicity leaflets, information and a referral service for the public concerning the various sites, including maintaining an information area on this subject on the Internet;
(h) to help publicise and defend the movement in the media and with the government and local authorities.
Click here for more information on the Association. The Code of Practice is available by clicking here or a pdf document can be obtained by downloading the file below.