Rose Hill Natural Burial Ground
Rose Hill Natural Burial Ground, in Huddersfield, is a tranquil wooded valley on the estate of a Victorian manor.
The gothic-style hall is now a chapel and the grade-II listed building also houses a bistro that serves funeral teas.
The valley was created in the 19th century when the parkland around the manor was drained to prevent flooding.
In common with other natural burial grounds, Rose Hill only accepts biodegradable coffins and floral tributes, without cellophane. Tributes made of glass, pottery or plastic, and soft toys are not permitted because of health and safety concerns.
Unusually, Rose Hill does permit headstones; green slate horizontal plaques mark the graves, and record the names and life-dates of the people that are buried there.
New graves are dug by the gardeners, who also mow the grass every week during the summer. A full price-list for burial and cremation plots is available on their website. Plots can be reserved in advance.
The chapel can accommodate 10-60 people for a service.
The dining room can provide funeral teas for 30-60 people and offers a choice between two buffet set-menus with tea and coffee. The venue is also licensed to serve alcohol.
The beauty of the valley makes Rose Hill a pleasant place to visit the grave of your loved one and reflect on their life. The bistro also serves brunch, lunch and afternoon tea to all visitors.
The cemetery is open 7am until 8pm every day, and the bistro is open 09:30-15:30 Tuesday to Friday, and 09:30-16:30 on Saturdays.
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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.