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7. Woodland burials

We offer non-denominational woodland burials at Seaton cemetery.

Woodland burials allow a natural form of burial within an area especially dedicated to the creation of a flourishing woodland. Seaton cemetery offers views over the surrounding countryside. Those who have chosen a woodland burial will be contributing to the creation of a new sanctuary for wild plants, birds, butterflies and other wildlife.  

The cemetery is managed to evolve in a way that will bring enjoyment to the local community and future generations.  

Only biodegradable coffins will be permitted allowing the area to remain as natural as possible. After an interment the area will be returned to grass. We will plant trees and shrubs, at our discretion, to enhance the woodland feel. Any tree planted will be a living memorial of great longevity. No individual markers or monuments will be allowed on any grave although there may be an opportunity to site benches within the woodland area onto which memorials may be inscribed.

Only single body burials are permitted in the woodlands cemetery. An exclusive right of burial certificate may not be purchased for the woodlands cemetery.

Excavation of Graves

 The funeral director or the person having arranging the funeral must contract the services of a suitably qualified and council approved gravedigger to excavate the grave and will be responsible for paying the gravedigger or contractor the appropriate fee.  The Council does not collect grave-digging fees nor undertake arrangements to excavate the grave currently.

There is a cost for a woodland burial.

Apply for burial in the woodlands cemetery.