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Natural Burial At Temple Fields

In this Blog we will begin looking at some of the beautiful Natural Burial Grounds available where your loved one can be laid to rest. This Blog will cover the beautiful Temple Fields cemetery.

Hollie Jenkins

What is a natural burial?

Natural burials are simple, yet beautiful and personal. All materials used in caskets and shrouds are biodegradable, protecting and conserving the natural resources, reducing carbon emissions and encouraging natural habitat.

The purpose of this type of service is to provide an environmentally friendly burial without impacting the wildlife and its surroundings, where relatives can connect with nature and reflect within the tranquil scenery.

Temple Fields

Temple Fields is a place of natural beauty & tranquillity. A Tranquil surrounding amongst wildflowers, wildlife and unspoilt landscapes.

Temple Fields Cemetery is situated in Temple Balsall, Solihull. Set in the Warwickshire countryside which is a surrounded by a nature reserve and untouched landscape, the area is renowned for its beautiful scenery, diverse wildlife and nature-protecting ethos.

Backing onto the burial ground is a twenty-acre Scientific Site of Interest (SSI), managed by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Here, you will find meandering pathways to explore the woodland and beyond.

Temple Fields

The burial ground is owned and managed by Temple Fields who strive to maintain the land in its most natural form, preserving the rich ecology and wildlife. On our site you will find no-dig areas to encourage natural habitats, restored hedgerows to provide nesting and shelter, a new copse of native trees and a green meadow containing local wildflowers.

Natural burial is offered as an alternative to traditional funeral services and it is the most environmentally friendly option, embracing and protecting nature’s purest form. As the only burial ground of its kind within the Solihull borough and its neighbouring areas, Temple Fields offers a private, tranquil surrounding set amongst wildflowers, wildlife and unspoilt landscapes. A peaceful, idyllic resting place with a calm, quiet atmosphere and beautiful views.

Our Neighbours - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

Birmingham City Council have owned the neighbouring site since 1946 and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust have leased a portion of the site (just under 3 hectares) since 1969. It also borders Cuttle Brook Wood, owned by the Woodland Trust.

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust focuses on managing the site for wildlife and maintaining the diversity of habitats, which is a good mix of woodland and wetland. A variety of trees exist in the woodland, which along with native species, you may also spot exotic trees (such as conifer, pine and yew) which were planted in the 1700’s when the site was an exotic water garden.

An area of marsh developed after an artificial lake was destroyed in the 1940’s and the cuttle brook runs through the site, eventually joining the river Blythe, creating various wetland habitats. The site provides habitat to a good variety of species.


Visit in spring to see and smell ramsons, bluebells and wild daffodils and listen out for the familiar drumming of the woodpeckers. In summer see the huge butterbur leaves, butterflies and other insects and look over the water for dragonflies, damselflies and a flash of blue, as a kingfisher whizzes by. In autumn see the weird and wonderful fungi, along with bats at dusk and roe deer passing through. In Winter listen to the familiar song of the robin, see the snowdrops and keep an eye out for signs of otters alongside the brook, you may even be lucky enough to see one.


Honey Bees

Honey Bees have been a feature of Temple Fields for several years and they complement the natural flora and fauna of the area. Two beekeepers manage the bees in the Apiary with a strong emphasis on the wellbeing of the bees rather than on honey production. Despite the long hot and dry summer, the bees have had an excellent year and they go into the Winter as very strong colonies.

Honey Bees typically forage within a 3 mile radius of the hive. They will visit over 2 million flowers and travel around 90,000 miles to make just one pound of honey. Each colony requires around 40 pounds of honey to see them through the Winter, so we are very careful to ensure they have enough stores to ensure the colony survives until next Spring.

We endeavour to keep docile bees on the site, although they can get defensive at certain times of the year when forage is difficult to find. We also try to limit our inspections to less busy times to minimise disruption for visitors. Please say hello if you see us as we are always happy to have a chat about the bees at a safe distance from the hives.


Arranging The Funeral

Arranging a funeral can be a stressful time for families which is why we want to ensure the planning process is as stress free as possible. Below, you will find information on planning and preparing for a service at Temple Fields with the various options that we offer.

You may wish to hold the entire service at our burial ground. Alternatively, have a traditional service which ends at Temple Fields. This is of course entirely the families decision and our staff will always do their best to accommodate any requests. Natural burials encourage a personal approach.

Please note that the site is an open meadow and there are currently no covered areas to provide shelter from inclement weather, however you may put in place a marquee if required. Please discuss this Vines Funerals.


The beauty of Temple Fields is that all burial and cremation plots can be selected by the family and reserved until they are needed.

Within Temple Fields we offer two beautiful areas, our woodland and our wildflower meadows, where full burials can take place. As we are a natural burial ground we can only accept biodegradable and environmentally friendly coffins at Temple Fields. These include materials such as bamboo, banana leaf, cardboard, unvarnished pine and willow. Your funeral director will be able to help you with this.

Types of Service


Our Woodland Burial area is our most popular choice as loved ones can be laid to rest under or next to a native memorial tree. Graves are available either side by side or double depth.

The Woodland Burial areas start at our main car park and lead into our natural wildflower meadow. From Spring time onwards you will see our wildflowers in bloom.

In time, the woodland will mature to create a shaded canopy allowing the landscape to evolve over time with woodland flowers that will thrive in the shade including bluebells, foxgloves, snowdrops and other native species.

Paths are mown and maintained throughout the year to ensure safe access to all plots throughout the cemetery.

All plots within the woodland can be reserved for when they are needed.

*Please note* Planting season takes place during the months of November – March.

Tree choices can depend on availability and neighbouring trees around the desired plot. Please speak to the office or cemetery warden to confirm your tree choice.

A small stone or oak plaque can be placed in front of your loved one’s plot or alternatively, a larger plaque at ground level marking the graves.


Wild Flower Meadow

Our Wild Flower Meadow is available for burial plots and also family ashes plots. Changing with the seasons, our meadow is perfect for the enhancement of local biodiversity. Offering an array of flowers from Spring to September, all local wildlife along with our resident bees thrive during this time.

This area is perfect for loved ones to be laid to rest beneath the moon and stars, returning to nature in it’s most simplest form.

Graves are available either side by side or double depth. Memorial trees and raised plaques are not permitted within this area, however a ground plaque can be arranged to mark a grave. All plots within the wildflower meadow can be reserved for when they are needed.

Cremation Plots

If you choose to cremate your loved one or decide that option for yourself in the future, we offer the choice of interring / burying the ashes within Temple Fields. This can be done throughout all areas of the cemetery, depending on the number of plots required.

We have two copses within Temple Fields specifically for the interment of ashes where a native tree can be selected and the option of a memorial plaque to remember loved ones.

Family ashes plots, holding up to four loved ones can be selected also within our main woodland and wildflower meadow. The reservation of plots is available and advised.

Ashes Scattering

The scattering of ashes is our most simple option for returning your loved one’s ashes back to nature. You may scatter ashes within the periphery of the cemetery neighbouring The Warwickshire Wildlife Trust perimeter.

*Please note – Plaques and memorials are not available for this option*



You may honour your loved one’s memory with a small granite or oak plaque, which is situated at the base of your chosen tree and is seven by four inches in size. There is also the option of a larger ground plaque which is ten by fifteen inches in size

You may also plant a tree within Temple Fields in honour of your loved one’s memory. This will enhance biodiversity on the ground and help to sustain the wildlife, whilst maintaining the natural environment as much as possible. Planting season takes place during the months of November – March. Tree choices can depend on availability and neighbouring trees around desired plot.

Contact Details for Temple Fields

Temple Lane, Temple Balsall, West Midlands, B93 0AL

Office opening hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm Saturday – 9am – 2pm (Available for telephone enquiries) Cemetery opening hours: 24/7

If you wish to arrange a Natural Burial at Temple Fields, please discuss this with us at Vines Funerals. We provide a Natural Burial Package in our services and we would love to be able to assist you with the arrangements. We have built a strong relationship with Temple Fields and are able to advise you on costings. 01902 494778 or 07462 301386 Packages | Vines Funerals

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