Can a place for the dead promote life? Nature Reserve Graveyards
Natural and woodland burial grounds are gaining popularity in the UK. Green burials are increasing as we recognise the impact on the environment from standard burials and cremation. Woodland and meadow areas are being created as places to be buried as well as being new wildlife habitats and nature reserves. If we turn this idea on it’s head why not adapt our existing burial grounds to become a sanctuary for our native species? Our churchyards comprise a wide range of habitats including gravestones, walls, woodland, grassland and scrub. These support a variety of species including lichen and protected slow worms and bats.