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Natural Burial At Wrottesley Park

Why choose Natural Burial?

Natural or Woodland (Green) Burial Grounds are similar to cemeteries, however, with one key difference, they are managed according to ecologically sound principles, to create beautiful, nature-rich areas without the formality and memorials of traditional cemeteries. Our burial grounds are places full of natural life and offer an ideal environment for peaceful reflection, within nature.

Wrottesley Park

Natural Burials are the only real, sustainable alternative to all other forms of conventional burial or cremation. Whilst we recognise that cremation is a popular or maybe even necessary option for many, we at the Natural Burial Company firmly believe that a natural burial is far less damaging to the environment. This is backed up by evidence from numerous academic studies.


Visitors are welcome at any time to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our burial grounds and to watch the developing wildlife habitats. We believe that your visits will provide you with a suitable place for reflection as well as bringing comfort to you and your relatives.


Our natural burial grounds do not have traditional headstones, but there are several other fitting ways to memorialise a loved one. Graves can be planted with a tree to create a natural, living memorial and marked with a post and slate plaque engraved with an appropriate inscription. Over time the burial ground will slowly return to its natural state and become a refuge for wildlife. What more fitting way to complete the cycle of life?


We also offer other forms of memorialisation that are fully in keeping with our aim to establish areas of natural beauty where wildlife can flourish long into the future, either with bird nesting boxes, bat roosting boxes, nature homes and oak benches.


We must prohibit the planting of non-native seeds or plants on graves, as it would prevent the generation of a natural landscape in keeping with the local ecology of each of our burial grounds. And we reserve the right to remove any inappropriate plants without prior notice. Please refer to the Rules and Regulations that govern our burial grounds for further details.


We of course encourage native species to establish themselves in our burial grounds and can provide wildflower seed mixes for sowing on graves.


Our Commitment to the Environment


By choosing a green, woodland or natural burial every one of us will be contributing to the establishment, expansion and preservation of local ecosystems capable of sustaining a rich variety of natural biodiversity, and also preventing the harmful practices of conventional funeral practices from damaging our environment any further.


Adopting these principles will mean that we can all contribute in our own way to halting the effects of local environmental degradation, and on a wider scale climate change itself. By taking life, through natural burial nature has found a way to give back life, as long as we all choose to do our bit.

Natural Burial

For instance, cremation uses large amounts of fossil fuels which releases CO2 as well as significantly contributing to the overall levels of dangerous toxins emitted into the atmosphere. Whilst we recognise there is a place for cremation in today’s mix of funeral practices, we believe that green, woodland or natural burial is a far more sustainable alternative.


Natural or green burials / woodland burials not only use fewer resources, they help to preserve the delicate balance between us and nature, significantly enhancing the future of our environment long into the future, but crucially they also offers better value to each and every one of us that choose this option.


The Natural Burial Company, through our practices in establishing a burial ground and through our daily operations, constantly strives to improve and enhance the local environment, encouraging natural biodiversity, often providing life where a sterile ecology had previously existed, refurbishing derelict land or simply enriching immeasurably the surrounding local ecosystem.


Our light touch ethos means that wildlife and the flora and fauna at our burial grounds are left to flourish, very much in their natural state. Even our wildflower meadows self seed each summer and return to full bloom in the following spring, with little or no intervention from us.


Minimal maintenance is required, enough to leave the grounds looking presentable. However, not the manicured lawns and surroundings, lines of headstones or graves and sterile ecosystems that are found at conventional cemeteries.

Wildlife

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus, mother and young in wood, Midlands, July 2008

We seek to have as little an impact as possible on our environment, minimising the infrastructure required at each ground, whilst still being able to provide a quality service for all. We provide exceptional value, particularly when compared to more conventional funeral practices, but also offer exceptional quality in terms of our complete range of products and services and our commitment to helping the bereaved wherever and whenever we can.


In choosing a natural burial you are helping to leave a lasting legacy above and beyond the more obvious benefits that following a more sustainable and ethical path of natural burial ordinarily bring. We really are all doing our bit…


Memorials

Wildlife

Bird, Bat and Nature Homes

We provide a wide variety of environmentally friendly memorials to help local wildlife and encourage nature. Whilst we can supply suitable nest boxes or homes for most native species the most popular choices are:


Bird Nesting Box

Bat Roosting Box

Hedgehog Home (we make a £10 donation to The Hedgehog Preservation Society for each hedgehog home sold)

Bee, Bug or Insect Home


Bird nesting boxes provide a welcome refuge for the myriad bird species that are found at our burial grounds.


Placed on established or mature trees, these nesting boxes are a wonderful way to pay tribute to a loved one, in the knowledge that in doing so they are nurturing new life and providing protection for native and visiting bird species that might otherwise find it challenging to raise their offspring.


Several native species such as members of the Tit family, Finches, Goldcrests, Chiffchaffs and other Warblers, Robins and other Flycatchers, Dunnocks, Redwings, Fieldfares and other Thrushes, Waxwings, Wrens, Woodpeckers and summer visitors such as the Blackcap, Yellowhammer and other members of the Bunting family, as well as the odd owl have been spotted in the surrounding woodlands, fields and on the burial grounds themselves, with even a rare visiting Hoopoe spotted near to one of our grounds.


Bat roosting boxes offer a place for several species of bats to find shelter and a suitable location to roost in whatever the season.


Discretely placed on trees on our burial grounds, these roosting boxes give sanctuary for one of the few species protected by law in the UK. Placing a bat roosting box near a loved one provides these delicate and enigmatic mammals with a safe haven and so becomes a key part of our company’s, and indeed our national ecology and conservation programmes.


Our bat roosting boxes are designed to be adaptable so that several of our native or visiting species of bat can use the boxes year round, either as hibernation roosts, breeding roosts or simply as a base from which to forage in the surrounding woodlands and countryside.

Memorial Trees

Native Trees

Planting a memorial tree is the ultimate environmentally friendly tribute. What could be better than supporting the environment, encouraging nature and leaving a beautiful growing legacy for future generations to enjoy.


We offer a large selection of native trees and shrubs for planting on memorial plots. The list of trees available at individual burial grounds is listed on the relevant price list.


Trees are planted in the spring and autumn of each year and you will be invited to attend and participate in the planting of the tree. For full graves the ground needs to settle for a minimum of six months before tree planting. For cremated remains the tree can be planted at the same time as the burial.


Please consider the tree you may wish to purchase when choosing a grave plot as we need to ensure that each has sufficient space for itself and others to grow.



Memorial Bench

Memorial Benches

We offer a limited number of wooden memorial benches. These benches allow family and friends of the deceased to sit and reflect in a peaceful place of natural beauty. The bench can be engraved with a few carefully chosen words can also be added to pay tribute to the memory of a loved one.. These benches allow family and friends of the deceased to sit and reflect in a peaceful place of natural beauty. A plaque engraved with a few carefully chosen words can also be added to pay tribute to the memory of a loved one.


We can also offer a very small number of stone memorial benches to act as an enduring memorial to a loved one. Very few of these stone benches can be offered so please contact the office to discuss possible arrangements.


Please also note that we have to manage the number of benches in the burial ground, which may affect where available plots can be offered. The Superintendent of the burial ground will advise the location of plots that can be offered if a bench is requested.

Plaques

Slate Memorial Plaques

Our memorial plaques are made of natural slate, fixed to a wooden plinth. These fitting memorials mean that the burial grounds maintain their natural ethos and feel, whilst offering family and friends a focus to remember and reflect.


Only Memorial Plaques supplied by The Natural Burial Company may be used at our burial grounds. This ensures consistency throughout our burial grounds and the income from the sale of plaques is used to support the maintenance and care of our burial grounds.


Memorial plaques may be prepared in time for a burial service as long as an order is placed at least a week prior to the burial.


Contact Details for Wrottesley Park

Once part of the historic Wrottesley Hall parkland on the outskirts of Wolverhampton, Wrottesley Park has been restored to its former glory.


Whilst the burial ground is close to the nearby built up area, visitors immediately feel as if they have been transported to a quiet rural woodland idyll, the sound of bird song and the wonderfully soothing sight of flora and fauna are all around.


Various habitats exist; open wildflower meadows visited by butterflies, shaded glades fringed with blackberry bushes, a small pond humming with resident dragonflies.


The whole area is a rich, diverse haven for wildlife, the light touch of careful but respectful management producing a peaceful and inspiring environment in which visitors can pay their respects to departed loved ones or simply reflect and contemplate.


There are not only major environmental and visitor benefits to Wrottesley Park, it also offers incredible value when comparing prices to traditional cemeteries in the area. There are also no additional fees for those whose address is outside of Wolverhampton. All are welcome, irrespective of location or religious belief, and all pay the same price.


Wrottesley Park can be easily accessed from all areas of the Black Country and further afield. The burial ground is situated just off the A41 Holyhead Road between Codsall and Perton. Post Code for Sat Nav is WV8 2HE.


We are able to conduct full body burials, and burials or scatterings of cremated remains at Wrottesley Park.


Plots can also be chosen and purchased in advance at today’s price if you wish. For further information or to arrange to meet a member of our team at Wrottesley Park please telephone


(0116) 222 0247 or email info@thenaturalburialcompany.co.uk



Click here for Wrottesly information leaflet.


Satellite Navigation Users Use one of the locations below: 52.610847° N, –2.205866° W WV8 2HE


If you would like to arrange a Natural Burial at Wrottesley Park, Please contact Vines Funerals, 01902 494778 for more information.



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