Woodbrook NBG

Woodbrook Natural Burial Ground is Ireland's first and only Natural Burial Ground. Opened in November 2010 it is situated at grounds adjacent to Woodbrook House, Killane, Co. Wexford close to the Carlow border (8 miles from Bunclody / 12 miles from Enniscorthy) and just over 1 hours drive from the M50.

 

 
Image: Reflection at log cut bench surrounded by wildflowers (ox eye daisy's) and wildflower meadow (2012)

Situated in the rural countryside, the entrance is via a spectacular 200 meter long avenue, surrounded on both sides by ancient chestnut trees. As you walk along the avenue you will begin to see the wildlife and natural beauty which is slowly developing. The burial grounds itself offers a solitude and peacefulness that is rare. The area is becoming a beautiful place where family and friends can visit to remember their loved ones.

 

Image 1 The team at Woodbrook L-R Giles FitsHerbert (Woodbrook House), Ollie and Colin Mc Ateer (Green Graveyard Co) and Niall Deacon (Caretaker) taking a rest on a log seat. Image 2 "Something Missing" granite sculpture on the avenue to the burial area  

Update 2014 - Now the grounds are developing

Woodbrook NBG is a very different place from when we first opened in November 2010. Our opening was a rushed affair - due to demand that we had for immediate burial spaces. We opened 9 days after receiving the planning permission with only the basic structures required by planning in place (e.g. the car park). Our first burial took place shortly thereafter.

Image: Water feature on avenue and pathway in new wildflower meadow at Woodbrook Natural Burial Ground

Now people visiting the grounds are greeted with a different sight. Our initial burial area with its ashes scattering circle, log cut benches and grass cut path ways are emerging from the newly established wildflower meadows. The colour and vibrancy which we have tried so hard to encourage is beginning to take hold. Although the grounds are not in any way 100 % completely finished, people can now see our ideas emerging at the grounds and we are encouraged by their responses. As we continue to receive bookings we continue to invest in the site.

    

Images: Foxglove avenue,  and birdbox memorial hanging of a tree

The number of people reserving spaces has been steady. There is well in excess of 150 spaces now reserved (+ more than 35 now used). Our long term maintenance fund is also increasing - this fund will not be used until the grounds have reached capacity.

Now established, the grounds are there to be used, they will be there until they have reached capacity, so feel free to talk to us about your needs. 

Images: Caretaker Niall Deacon resting at one of our sample gravemarkers and Woodbrook avenue in snow

Reserving a Space / Burial Plot

Please visit our "Reserve a Space" page to access relevant booking forms.

Visiting the Grounds / Getting There

Woodbrook NBG is always open for people to visit during daylight hours. There are two separate car parking areas, one which is always available and a larger car park that remains closed apart from days of burials. Access is via the pedestrian gate at the external car park.

The grounds are unmanned, we are not always there, if you wish to meet someone at the grounds please call or email us to make arrangements.

Directions

GPS Co ordinates +52.544 and -06.7319 or 52.544 degrees North and 6.7319 degrees West

From Borris 15-20 min drive. Leaving Borris take the Ballymurphy road. Upon reaching Ballymurphy travel straight through following the signs for Kiltealy. Upon reaching Kiltealy turn right and follow the R730 for 1.7 miles. Turn left (small green "Woodbrook" temporary signs will be visible on days of funerals). Travel down that small road for 200 meters and you will come to a Y junction (The entrance for Woodbrook House will be on your right). Proceed past the entrance for about 300 meters (the Bunclody road) and the entrance to the burial ground will be on your left hand side.

From New Ross 15-20 min drive. From New Ross take the N30 towards Enniscorthy. Roughly 2 miles after Clonroche turn left on the R730 following the road to Kiltealy. Before reaching Kiltealy there will be a turn on your left for Bunclody (R730). After 150 meters you will see the entrance to Woodbrook House - do not take this entrance instead remain on the Bunclody road for a further 300 meters. The entrance to the burial ground is on your left.

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Places to eat nearby

The Holy Grail Bar and Restaurant, Ballindaggin, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford Contact Breda 0539388080 or 0872201525

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