What are the opening times?
Our office is open Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm (until 4.00pm Oct-Mar), appointments necessary.
The car park can be accessed Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm (until 4.00pm Oct-Mar), and on weekends and bank holidays 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Do I have to use a funeral director?
In our experience, it is always better to go through a funeral professional but it is not a requirement.
What type of coffin, casket or urn is acceptable?
All coffins, caskets and urns must be completely biodegradable. Your local funeral director will be able to supply you with a wide range of options.
Is embalming permitted?
Embalming is only allowed under exceptional circumstances such as repatriation.
Is the ground consecrated?
No, any faith can be buried here and it does not matter where you live, the charges are the same. However, individual graves can be blessed at the time of burial.
Do I have to live locally?
You don’t have to live within the local area to rest in peace at Clayton Wood; we are open to all – no matter where you live.
What sort of memorial or marker is allowed?
We have a very strict policy that only allows wooden markers, ordered through Clayton Wood. Any other marker will be removed immediately.
How long do we have for the burial?
We schedule all burials to ensure that you have all the privacy and time you require.
Can I place flowers on the grave?
Any flowers placed on the graves will be removed once they start to show signs of deterioration. However, we ask you to keep these to a minimum and ask that they are kept as natural as possible.
Only fresh cut flowers without ribbon or cellophane are allowed. Please do not use oasis or any plastics, nor tie cards or other memorabilia to trees. Vases, jars or containers can not be left on the grave.
Can dogs go into the wood?
Well-behaved dogs on a short lead are welcome. Please respect the graves and clean up any mess. We also ask you to keep dogs on a lead when on the public footpath.
Do you have catering facilities?
We have no permanent facilities but can put you in touch with local outside catering firms, marquee companies or local publicans.
Is the burial ground regulated?
We are a member of the Association of Natural Burial Grounds, which has been established by The Natural Death Centre. We comply with the ANBG Code of Conduct aimed at ensuring the highest professional and environmental standards, providing our customers assurance of best practice.