Bodies buried must not be embalmed. This is to speed up the natural processes of returning the body and its nutrients to the soil, and to reduce the amount of artificial and toxic chemicals and materials we introduce to the soil.
You must use a casket approved by Natural Burials organisation we have a selection of these caskets on our website which you can choose from. These caskets will be made from sustainably grown and harvested woods, with no chemicals or artificial compounds used in treatment of the wood or manufacture of the casket or its accessories.
The bush restoration system means we need to start plots from specific areas. New plots will be placed near newly created ones. So, it will not be possible to choose isolated plots.
Burial in the upper soil layers
The deceased will be buried as close to, or within, the active soil layer as possible. Depth will vary according to the soil conditions. Plots will be part refilled with compost to help enrich the soil.
A native tree will be planted at the head or base of the plot. You can choose from a dozen nursery plants. These trees are the basic building blocks of a native habitat restoration programme. Over time, other trees will be planted over and around the plot. To improve survival, trees for plots will NOT be planted by the Council in summer.
Are not possible in natural burial cemeteries as ashes contain no nutrients.
Artefacts buried with bodies
Please refer to the central concept for a guide on what to include or exclude from caskets. In short, anything artificial would contravene the natural goals of the Cemetery. Only biodegradable items should be placed into the casket. Flowers which are to be buried must not have metal wire, plastic, or floral oasis as part of the arrangement.
A wooden post is sunk into the ground at the head or foot of the plot. You or your family can include on the post cap and sides, a poker-burnt engraved inscription of your choice. The marker is designed not to be permanent, but the plot and details of the person buried there is marked and drawn on a map held by the Council.
The central concept is to create an environment which is as natural as possible. Those buried here wanted a natural memorial. It follows that we do not condone placing artificial memorials or other material on the site. These may be removed by the sexton.