Ham Down Woodland Burial Ground
A haven for an abundance of flora and fauna across a two-acre woodland area, Ham Down Woodland Burial Ground in Shillingstone, Dorset is a peaceful resting place for those who have opted for a green burial.
The woodland burial site offers burial and ashes plots, with separate charges for ashes interment and grave digging. Ham Down is open to members of all faiths and religions.
They can help you get in touch with funeral directors and the local clergy to help you organise a green funeral of your choice, whether that it a simple service at the grave or a non religious ceremony. Coffins and urns need to be made of biodegradable material and the staff can help families source this.
Bereaved families are welcome to take a stroll along the bridle path running through the site to take in the quiet beauty of the Dorset countryside. The green burial site has a variety of small animals and birds including badgers, foxes, heron, barn owls, deer, butterflies and songbirds.
Some of the trees which contribute towards the charm of the natural burial site include lime, oak, hornbeam, whitebeam and silver birch. You may choose to plant one of these trees or purchase a wooden plaque to place on the person’s grave. Families can also lay fresh floral tributes on graves, as long as they are free from non eco-friendly packaging.
A small car park is available on-site which can park up to 10 cars. Additional parking is available at the nearby Bere Marsh Farm.
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A guide to woodland burials
For more information about woodland burials, advice on how to find a natural burial ground and guidance on costs, read our helpful guide to Woodland Burials and Green Funerals.