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Greenacres Woodland Burials to open in Liverpool

Greenacres Woodland Burials is to open a new site in Liverpool.

The company is investing £1m in the first year in the 71-acre site, which comprises two 19th and 20th century plantations, part of the Knowsley estate.Work will is set to begin in early spring, with the first visitors expected in late summer. The park should be fully open by late autumn.

The new addition, granted planning permission in December 2012, will increase the company’s portfolio, which includes parks in Norfolk (established in 2002), Epping Forest in Essex and Chiltern in Buckinghamshire.

Public interest in woodland burials – from a full burial to an ashes burial or just a simple woodland service – as an alternative to traditional funerals or cremations is increasing, according to managing director Andy Paling. “The concept of woodland burials aims to reinforce the principle of life’s regular renewal, ‘the cycle of life’ so to speak,” he said.

The GreenAcres Woodland Burial concept provides a range of bereavement and ceremonial facilities. High quality, sustainable buildings form an integral part, while specialised management techniques incorporate the burial process within a long-term plan to restore the woodland to native broad-leaved species.

“It is slightly different from other ‘green’ or ‘woodland’ burial sites,” said Andy. “Firstly, because it is based around restoring and enhancing the biodiversity of existing woodlands that are currently in poor condition and secondly, because of the unique range of facilities provided”.

All the parks welcome people of all beliefs and denominations and host religious or secular funerals and ceremonies. The company strongly believes the funeral is an important part of someone’s bereavement journey, and strives to ensure all customers’ wishes – where legally possible – are met.

No cremations take place on site, although ashes can be interred and graves are marked by wooden plaques or carvings.

The GreenAcres concept of woodland burial is based upon principles of sustainability, biodiversity, quality of service and customer choice. A percentage of the purchase price of each burial plot is set aside to ensure the lifetime of the woodland.

The exclusive use of the woodland building for a service starts at £195 for an hour and areas for burials and ashes burials can be bought in advance or at the time of need.

All three GreenAcres Woodland Burial parks have won annual Green Flag awards for quality of management, as well as other environmental and design awards. The company has also just won the European Business award for its frontline service team.


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