Barnston Estate is set to be the first estate in Cheshire to open its own natural burial ground.
Monument Meadow Natural Burial Ground will replace the burial ground at St Chad’s in Farndon village and will also be made available for residents of surrounding villages.
Designed by Land Studio in Chester, a specialist landscape architect, the environment will be kept as natural as possible with a wildflower meadow and ornamental trees.
With its timber framed pavilion, circular layout and views stretching across the Clywdian Range, it has been designed to be a peaceful and beautiful place to visit. It will also provide a safe haven for birds and wildlife enabling wild flowers and trees to thrive.
The site is anchored with a Grade II* listed monument – a sandstone obelisk flanked by four stone lions - commemorating Roger Barnston, a military officer who died in 1857 of wounds sustained at the Siege of Lucknow in India.
Monument Meadow will be an essential community facility and a special place for people to think, reflect and to celebrate a person’s life.
“We have given careful consideration to ensure that it is respectful to the surrounding landscape.”
There are more than 270 natural burial grounds in the UK, where interment occurs in a way that is beneficial to the environment, and they are increasing in popularity.
At Monument Meadow, the burial ground is intended to be a natural one with caskets made of natural materials with no formal markers. It will change with the seasons over time and support a variety of flora.
Types of plots available include natural burial plots, interment of ashes and scattering of ashes. Pre-purchasing of plots is now available.