Woodland Burials

Woodland Burials in Essex

Many people are concerned about the impact they have on the environment, both in life and death. Woodland burials are an eco-friendly choice which can help to reduce some of this impact while leaving behind a beautiful memorial tree, creating a poignant tribute to your loved one. If you are interested in organising a woodland burial, our supportive and empathetic team can help you..

What is a woodland burial?

In a woodland burial, a body (or cremated ashes) is placed in a biodegradable coffin and laid to rest in a dedicated memorial forest or meadow. Often, a species of tree sapling chosen by the family is planted over the burial site and left to grow into a beautiful, living memorial to the person who has passed. 

The Benefits of Woodland Burials


Here are our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding woodland burials, but if you would like to find out more, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team.

You can engage any kind of funeral officiant or religious official to conduct a woodland burial, whether you would like a humanist ceremony, Christian service or something completely personal to you. As a woodland is by its nature a secular space, every kind of belief system can be accommodated here, and if you would prefer not to conduct any kind of service that can also be arranged.

People tend to find that woodland burials are more affordable than traditional funerals, although the final cost of the funeral will depend on a variety of factors, such as your choice of flowers and means of transport. If you’d like to find out more, please see our pricing page or contact a member of our team.

It is important that the coffins used in woodland burials are biodegradable, in order to maintain the health of the memorial forest and leave no trace. Wicker, cardboard and bamboo coffins are all viable options for those seeking an eco-friendly woodland burial.

Woodland burials are an alternative choice for funerals which have gained in popularity in recent years. As funerals become ever more personalised, they offer the opportunity to create a beautiful service that’s immersed in nature, attending to the eco-friendly principles a person may have had in life.

Our Funeral Homes

Hilldene Funeral Home

Hilldene (Harold Hill)

64 Chippenham Road,
Harold Hill,
Essex RM3 8HX.

Hainault Funeral Home

Hainault & Chigwell

45 New North Road,
Essex IG6 2UE.

Harold Wood Funeral Home

Harold Wood

43 Station Road, 
Harold Wood, 
Essex RM3 0BS.

Collier Row Funeral Home

Collier Row

309 Collier Row Lane, 
Collier Row, 
Essex RM5 3ND.