MONUMENT Meadow Natural Burial Ground near Chester has opened.

The five-acre natural burial ground is set amid a wildflower meadow with an oak framed pavilion to provide shelter and views across rolling countryside and the Clwydian Range.

Landowner Barnston Estate created Monument Meadow in Farndon to replace the burial ground at St Chad’s in the village.

The natural burial ground is also available for residents of surrounding villages and beyond and welcomes people of all faiths.

A variety of sustainable funeral options are available, including natural burial and scattering of ashes and both religious and secular ceremonies can be catered for.

A natural burial is where an un-embalmed body is laid to rest in a biodegradable coffin or shroud in a carefully hand-dug grave. Natural burial enables people to choose a funeral which is unique, in tune with nature and gentle on the environment.

Site manager David Atkinson said: “Instead of using gravestones, we have planted an abundance of local species of trees, bulbs and wildflowers to create a tranquil area and a living memorial landscape.

“Monument Meadow Natural Burial Ground is a natural sanctuary designed to honour our deceased and to provide an attractive place for visitors to pay their respects.

“A funeral at Monument Meadow follows no rules, format or set length of time. Each one is individual to the wishes of the family or the deceased and we can guide people every step of the way.”

Monument Meadow is a member of the Association of Natural Burial Grounds.

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