New Wolverhampton burial ground offers natural end

A natural burial ground where people can be laid to rest in a cardboard coffin or have a holly bush instead of a headstone has been finished on the outskirts of Wolverhampton.

The near eight-acre site is in Wergs Road, Perton
The near eight-acre site is in Wergs Road, Perton

The Natural Burial Company will open its Wrottesley Park site on Saturday, two-and-a-half years after the plans were approved by South Staffordshire District Council.

The near eight-acre site in Wergs Road, Perton, has around 2,000 burial spaces and cost more than £30,000 to set up, the bulk of which was spent on clearing a vast area of scrub woodland known as Corser's Rough.

The burials will take place in Corser's Rough
The burials will take place in Corser's Rough

There will be around 100 burials a year at the site, with a single plot costing £850 and a double £1,700.

There are no headstones, only wooden posts featuring small slate plaques for an inscription that naturally wear away over the years. Records will be kept by placing a GPS transponder in each grave.

The burials will take place in Corser's Rough
The burials will take place in Corser's Rough

But families can have one of a number of memorials to remember their loved ones by, such as an English oak tree for £450, holly bush for £150 or a bird or bat box for £35.

Land owner Lord Clifton Wrottesley will now become a shareholder in the business, which was set up 17 years ago by cardboard coffin creator Paul Ginns and his brother Bill.

The burials will take place in Corser's Rough
The burials will take place in Corser's Rough

Lord Wrottesley said: “There will be a limit of 100 burials per year. If demand is high we can go back to the Environment Agency to ask for permission to increase it."

It is expected to host two funerals a week and coffins will be made out of materials such as wicker and cardboard.

"People can also plant a tree at the grave," added Lord Wrottesley. "We recommend wicker and cardboards coffins, but we recognise that we can’t stop people who prefer a more traditional coffin or casket.

"We don’t allow hard wood, but banana leaf, bamboo, a shroud or eco pod is acceptable."

The company runs two other sites, in Scraptoft, Leicester, and Prestwold, Loughborough.

Corser’s Rough was formerly a temporary Second World War military base that was demolished in the 1960s.

The launch on Saturday will feature the release of white doves, a horse drawn hearse, limousines, representatives from 20 funeral homes and dignitaries including South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson and councillors for the areas.

The project has created one full-time and one part-time job.

There are around 240 natural burial grounds across the UK. The first one opened in Carlisle in 1993.

 

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Comments for: "New Wolverhampton burial ground offers natural end"

Blakenhajj

Bravo ! It all sounds natural and sympathetic.

BUT folks with gardens can arrange to be buried in their OWN gardens.

The rules are known and are quite simple.

With the increased demand for burial plots-- DIY would help ease the shortage

Sam MacK

I want to be left somewhere to decompose naturally and then someone to come back and collect my bones. I don't like the idea of being buried or cremated, or the idea of embalming.

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