oakleavesTrees and Shrubs

We are trying to create a scrubby woodland at Woodbrook. Trees and shrubs are planted accordingly and coppiced at regular intervals. Once a year in the dormant winter period we will have a tree planting day / weekend which we will invite family members of those who have passed in the previous year to attend. The families will be asked to assist us in the planting of the tree.

Tree Maintenance

When establishing a natural burial ground the future sustainability of the woodland is foremost in our minds. Maintenance costs are adding huge annual bills to councils, churches and taxpayers in traditional type burial grounds. These are maintenance costs that will carry on indefinitely into the future. A more maintenance free management program must be encouraged to negate these unsustainable costs in our burial grounds.

A properly managed woodland scheme can retain its materialization and still sustain itself through coppice woodland management. A healthy woodland consists of four levels of vegetation, a large canopy, an under wood layer (coppice trees and shrubs), flora (ferns and plants), and ground level mosses and fungi. The under wood layer is key to the sustainability of our natural burial grounds. A small number of trees will be allowed to grow to become the large canopy level. The majority of trees planted will form the under wood level. These trees will be mainly coppiceable species such as ash, hazel, rowan, chestnut etc. These trees will be pruned at near ground level at intervals of between 7 and 15 years. This pruning or coppicing will not kill off the tree but will encourage more vigorous growth. This management scheme also has a positive effect on the woodland flowers such as bluebells, primroses and snowdrops. Growth and germination is triggered by sun rays that reach sections of woodland not normally reached. Many different woodland insects, butterflies, birds and mammals rely on this for survival. With a coppice management scheme every family can have a memorial tree that has the potential to live for hundreds of years.

In coming years more Natural Burial Grounds will open in Ireland.

 

We are keen to help this happen in anyway we can.
 

Have you grounds that you would like to see used for a Natural Burial Ground?

If you are a land owner or council and have property that you would like to see developed into a Natural Burial Ground

We are open to discuss:

  • Direct purchase solutions (subject to planning)
  • Partnerships agreements (income split)
  • Helping others develop their own NBG (advice on getting the appropriate planning, putting long term structures in place to operate the grounds and most importantly putting long term structures in place to secure the grounds).

Are you interested in investing in a Natural Burial Ground: We are looking to develop a pool of people interested in investing in NBG's in Ireland. Investment opportunities will be offered on a site by site basis. Please contact us for further information.

Are you interested in having a Natural Burial in another part of Ireland: If you are personally interested in Natural Burial there are a number of ways in which you can help us

1. Help us identify potential sites

2. Register your interest in a Natural Burial.

We are keen to hear from anyone who is interested in a Natural Burial. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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3. Use and tell others about our Memorial Tree Service. Income from this service helps us grow. http://www.greengraveyard.com/index.php/palnt-a-tree-in-memory

 

Coffins traditionally used in Ireland come from two sources

  • solid timber - solid timber trees often take hundreds of years to grow and are often not replanted once harvested (imported oak is mainly used in Ireland)
  • chipboard / veneer coffins (which are held together by formyhylde based acid glue).

We believe the use of more sustainable materials should be encouraged. There are many different type of environmentally sound coffins and urns that you can use, many examples of which can be seen on our sister companies website www.greencoffinsireland.com

Colin and Michael from Green Coffins Ireland with a new Irish Made Willow Coffin

oakleaves Memorialization

To maintain the natural appearance of the burial ground no stones, memorials, vases, artificial flowers, trinkets, toys, chimes, lights, lanterns, shells etc shall be left at the burial ground. All items not meeting our criteria will be removed without consultation and disposed of by our team.

Please remember this is a Natural Burial Ground.

Grave Markers

Niall Deacon our caretaker beside one of the sample grave markers at Woodbrook Natural Burial Ground(image taken for a newspaper article about the grounds)

Small stone grave markers can be used to mark graves, if required, at Woodbrook NBG.

There are 2 options available

A) our team will shape a stone sourced when digging the grave
B) Our team will source local granite or slate grave markers can be purchased from our team at Woodbrook. Examples are visible at the grounds.

We now insist that you use only the grave markers produced by out team are used. This is due to the “creep creep” nature of memorialisation that we have experienced. Please ask for further information.

Each engraved grave marker costs €150

Trees

Trees will be planted by the management company only. Woodbrook Natural Burial Ground will be developed into a “scrubby” coppice woodland where every grave can have a tree planted on it.

By properly designing a woodland scheme the graveyard can retain its memorialisation and still sustain itself through coppice woodland management. A healthy woodland consists of four levels of vegetation, a large tree canopy, an under wood layer (shrubs / coppice), flora (ferns and plants), and ground level mosses and fungi. The under wood layer is key to sustainability. Some trees will be allowed to grow and form the large tree canopy – these include oak. Other trees can be planted on the graves from coppicable varieties such as hazel, alder, birch, ash etc to name a few. These coppice trees will be pruned at near ground level at intervals of between 7 and 15 years. This pruning or coppicing does not kill the tree but encourages more rigorous growth. The coppice wood will provide an income when sold for a variety of uses. This pruning also has a positive effect on the woodland flowers such as bluebell and primroses. The sunrays reaching sections of the woodland that it normally would not triggers growth and germination. Many different woodland insects, butterflies, birds and mammals rely on this.

Coppicing the trees allows us to run, maintain and manage the burial ground and the trees have the potential to live for hundreds of years.

All trees will be planted on our Family Day each year as advertised on our website or at another arranged time.

Benches

There are a limited number of benches available for placing at Woodbrook. Again these are produced by our in house team only. Cost for a placed engraved bench is €1000, please discuss your needs with us.

       

Sculptures on the Avenue

There are a number of sculptures on the avenue leading up to the Burial Ground at Woodbrook. These are the work of various local artists (mainly our caretaker Niall Deacon). They are all made from local granite. The avenue acts as a revolving outdoor gallery and every piece (except the "Bit Missing" sculpture) is for sale. With each sale something new replaces the old piece and the long-term maintenance fund of the burial ground receives a commission. If you are an artist's looking to place a piece on the avenue please contact us.

If you would like to purchase one of the pieces to either have at your home or at your business premises please contact us - sculptures may also be dedicated to a loved one and left at the Burial Ground.

1/3/18 We hope to add images and prices of all the pieces in the next few weeks.

No other memorialisation is permitted at the burial ground. If we permit excessive memorialisation we would be unable to maintain the grounds and we would end up with an area resembling a garden centre which is not what we want.