Woodland burials


Woodland burials

The idea of woodland burials is centuries-old and offers people an alternative to traditional graveyards or cemeteries. Set in natural environments, such as meadows or wooded areas, woodland burial grounds can offer beautiful, tranquil resting places.

The Arbory Trust's woodland burial site creates a lasting natural memorial and is a haven for wildlife. The woodland has been landscaped to create glades where burials take place. Ashes may also be buried at Barton, and there is a wider choice of locations for ashes. 

The burial ground was consecrated in 2002 and was the first Christian charity to offer woodland burial. At present more than 1,000 people rest there and many more have chosen to reserve a grave or ashes space for the future. 

With the new area, the North Glebe, consecrated by the Bishop of Ely in August 2015, the burial ground covers about 40 acres. It is situated just west of Cambridge between Barton and Comberton.

The Arbory Trust (a non-profit making organisation) is a Christian Foundation, chaired by the Bishop of Ely. The trust welcomes all people, regardless of geography, race or religion. The use of headstones is not permitted, but graves may be marked by bio-degradable wooden plaques in the first few years.

Barton may be visited at any time. The gates are never locked, and members of the team are always there on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm should anyone wish to drop by. 

For more information you can contact the Administrator on 01223 303874 or visit the website.


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