Eco-friendly Funerals

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If you’ve attended a funeral in the last couple of years, the chances are that it was at the crematorium or a religious building. Indeed, recent research shows that 71%* of people who've organised a funeral in the last five years say a service at a crematorium was included. And we still tend to follow the convention of a memorial placed in the crematorium grounds as the focus for the family and loved ones to visit.

But you don’t have to follow this tradition.

We’re seeing a move to personalise funerals, and a shift to a celebration of a life. And as part of this we’re also seeing an increase in requests for more environmentally sustainable funeral arrangements such as eco-friendly burials in an established woodland or natural setting - with low-key memorial options made of wood rather than the more traditional headstone.

Woodland burial plots are set amongst trees and wildflowers, and families can choose to bury or scatter the ashes of a loved one within the peaceful grounds. The grounds offer a tranquil place for family and friends to visit and reflect.

Co-op Funeralcare currently has three beautiful woodland burial grounds set within acres of natural countryside:

• Mayfields Woodland Remembrance Park, Wirral.

• Hinton Park, Dorset and Poole.

• Poole & Wimborne, Dorset.

Graves are marked by the planting of a natural memorial, such as a tree and the placing of a simple wooden or bronze plaque instead of a traditional headstone. And our range of coffins include bamboo, banana leaf or cardboard as well as more conventional biodegradable options.

As more people are choosing an eco-friendly option, we’re now able to extend the choices available through GreenAcres, who manage over 220 acres of beautiful English Woodland as havens for wildlife and the regeneration of native woodlands, wonderful places to commemorate your loved ones.  

GreenAcres currently have five parks, four in the South of England and one in the North West, all of which offer burial and ashes plots and have a ceremonial building providing full funeral service facilities, allowing you to say goodbye in a tranquil and beautiful setting.

• Colney in Norfolk

• Epping Forest in Essex

• Chiltern in Buckinghamshire

• Rainford in Merseyside

• Heatherley Wood in East Hampshire

Greenacres offer Co-op Members a 10% discount on their burial and ashes plots.**

At Co-op Funeralcare we’re here to help you arrange a funeral exactly the way you want it, whenever you need us.


*Research conducted by YouGov: Funeral Planning among 1,049 UK adults, July 2017.

** Visit any of the Co-op funeral homes within a 30 minute drive from the park of your choice to get your discount code which you’ll need to get your discount at your chosen GreenAcres park. The teams at GreenAcres will be more than happy to show you around and discuss your choices with you.

For further information contact

Sarah Pyatt

Press Officer

Claire Newmarch

PR Assistant