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.
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 €200
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.
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.
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.