Spread across five acres, The Arnos Vale Natural Burial Woodland is situated at the top of Arnos Vale cemetery adjacent to Arnos Park in Bristol. Originally used as an orchard space by the Victorian owners, the orchard has grown naturally over time to become a wildlife haven for many birds and animals and offers a peaceful space for those wishing to have a more natural final resting place.
A natural burial is simply the choice to be buried in an environmentally friendly, green woodland setting rather than a traditional cemetery plot. Natural burial plots can be purchased in advance, but you cannot book a specific location. The site also supports the interment of ashes on the slopes of the woodland. The plots are available for one set of ashes contained in a sustainable biodegradable casket made of materials such as natural wood, woven materials (bamboo, willow, seagrass, wool) and cardboard. We are happy to inter ashes without a casket. Please note that the ashes interment areas are steeper than the burial areas, so may not be as accessible if you wish to have a ceremony. Small ceremonies can be conducted in the lower part of the woodland.
Burials must take place in coffins or shrouds made of sustainable biodegradable materials such as natural wood, woven materials (bamboo, willow, seagrass, wool) and cardboard. You do not need to use a coffin; many people prefer to use a shroud. Open to all faiths and beliefs, a consecrated grave may also be available.
An informal and simple service can be held at the green burial grounds Underwood Centre, an outdoor seating area in the midst of the woodland trees, which can seat up to 50 people. Alternatively, a larger ceremony or wake can be organised at the Anglican Chapel (whih seats up to 100) or the Spielman Centre (which seats up to 70).
Arnos Vale Natural Burial Woodland is an extension to Arnos Vale Cemetery, both are managed by the Arnos Vale Cemetery (Charitable) Trust. It is also a member of the Association of Natural Burial Grounds.
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