Thursday, 24 August 2017

Natural cemetery is best

THE Henley Woodland Burial Ground has been named cemetery of the year in the Good Funeral Awards.

THE Henley Woodland Burial Ground has been named cemetery of the year in the Good Funeral Awards.

Nominations were submitted by customers, whose experiences were scrutinised and judged by a panel of funeral experts.

The entrants, which ranged from Victorian graveyards to natural burial grounds, had their appearance and customer service reputation taken into account.

Melissa Stewart, from Henkley, collected the miniature wicker coffin trophy from EastEnders actress Pam St Clement at the awards ceremony in Bournemouth.

She said: “It was great to spend a whole weekend with people who share the same vision. Our mutual purpose is to make people’s experiences of death, dying, funerals and bereavement change for the better.”

A spokesman for the awards organisers said: “This triumph reflects the increasing popularity of natural burials and the public’s efforts to find more meaningful, discerning alternatives to crematoriums and municipal cemeteries.”

The Henley Woodland Burial Ground in Greys Road, Rotherfield Greys, is one of seven sites across Britain run by Leedam Natural Heritage.

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