Probably the most succinct description would be;-

Natural Burial is a term used to describe the disposal of human remains where the burial area either creates;

  • a new habitat for wildlife
  • improves poor or unmanaged habitat
  • or preserves existing habitat already rich in flora and fauna.

These habitats may be woodland, species-rich meadows, orchards, aquatic areas, or sustainably managed farmland.

A funeral that precedes a natural burial seeks to minimise its environmental impact by;

  • prohibiting embalming
  • ensuring coffins, shrouds and burial clothes are made of natural bio-degradable materials
  • substituting manufactured memorials for natural ones
  • the responsible use of natural resources, both within the operation and management of the burial ground and the funeral arrangement themselves.

The words above describe what a natural burial is....

but it doesn’t convey what a Natural Burial means.

The inspiration for natural burial is the feeling that there is a far better way for us to manage the end of our lives.

It embraces the emotional side of how we understand death and dying but also deals with the practical aspects of preparing for death and what has to happen after someone dies.

A natural burial and the natural death movement empowers, encourages and supports everyone who wants to be more involved with planning, preparing and burying the body of a loved one......they also strive to alleviate some of the fear and phobias we have towards death, the dead and dying.

Until recently there has never been a real and practical alternative.

Tradition has had the funeral ‘establishment’ arranging everything; acting for us but not always perhaps meeting all of our emotional needs or being able to cope with our financial restrictions.

Natural burial is a guiding principle that opens up a long path of possibilities so that we are not led down a road of requirement; it gives all of us the choice and the chance to consider all the many options.

Because Natural Burial is the obvious and discernible way forward.

Space in old municipal cemeteries is running out; some London cemeteries are even adding more soil over very old graves to create more space.

Maintenance - When they are full, those cemeteries cannot be used for anything else; in addition they also demand a huge amount of maintenance and upkeep. That means a good slice of a council’s budget for decades, even after they close.

The material and service constituents of a traditional funeral in a traditional cemetery leave a much larger carbon footprint.

Management - Clandon Wood has been purposely designed as a nature reserve, the thirty-one acres of new woodland, wildflower meadow, lake and wetland will be managed using traditional farming and woodland techniques.

When Clandon Wood cannot accommodate any more burials, its future is assured through the Woodland Management Fund and the production of hazel and sweet chestnut coppice.

The object for any Natural Burial Ground extends far beyond the conception of just a place to inter bodies.

The goal of a Natural Burial Ground is to make a continuing contribution to the community and the environment.

It is the abiding reason for creating a Natural Burial Ground; they are not superficial depositories. They are designed to endure as a permanent, living memorial.

Let me deal with this two-point question from the practical standpoint first and then I will address the question of cost.

From a practical standpoint there are two elements that should be a consideration.

  • Personal
  • Environmental

Personal
Cremation accounts for nearly 75% of all funerals in England and Wales; whether a choice of cost, practicality or efficiency this has never been officially assessed but it is a fact.

The practical aspect of getting a body to the point of either cremation or burial is much the same but it is then that the personal and emotional impact differs. (The emotional aspect is most definitely not the same and this is touched on in the next question)

Cremation is a very efficient method of disposing of our dead; efficient, as in the time allotted, so that some crematoria only offer a 20-30 minute service slot.

Those that have attended a cremation often feel cheated by a funeral service that is too short, too impersonal and too rushed. Confusion often occurs as there can be three separate sets of mourners attending a crematorium at any one time.

Funerals are for the living and should stimulate an agreeable and an abiding memory.

In the case of burial, and especially a natural burial, there are generally no strict constraints on time or the funeral plans.

A funeral service can extend from the deceased’s home or the place of service and then on to the graveside. The service can be spiritual, secular, solemn or celebratory and can be 2-3 hours rather than 20-30 minutes.

The character and ambience of the funeral is dictated by those attending and not by schedules.

From an environmental standpoint there is a clear comparison between cremation and in our case, Natural Burial

  • A cremator uses about 597kWh of gas and 52kWh of electricity on average per cremation (average figures supplied by Chilterns Crematorium)
  • Over 120 thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.
  • Major emissions:- nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, particulate matter, mercury (16% of the UK's mercury pollution, via our dental fillings according to the Environment Agency), hydrogen fluoride (HF), hydrogen chloride, non-methane, volatile organic compounds, other heavy metals, and some Persistent Organic Pollutants.

Natural Burial Grounds are a proven method....

  • of utilising land for our dead while still providing productive farmland and natural reserves of environmental and cultural importance; a legacy of protected land that will be socially and materially productive long after the site has reached its capacity.
  • of planting trees and plants to absorb the atmospheric carbon as part of their growing process of photosynthesis which also produces oxygen.
  • using no pesticides, herbicides or synthetic materials; balanced growth and pest control using natural mulches and creating habitats suitable for foraging birds and insects. As younger trees grow, invasive plant species will be removed. And as the woodland canopy develops, grass and nettles, for example, will cease to flourish as native species like bluebell and fern establish themselves.
  • requiring no strict daily or weekly management regimes . There will not be any lawns to mow once or twice a week and there will not be any manufactured funereal tributes as they are not part of the natural ethos.
  • reducing the use of diesel-powered machinery by digging graves by hand whenever practicable and no weekly management regimes.

Cost - Cremation has generally been considered the cheaper option as you have to factor-in the cost of the grave for a burial. In recent years however, that disparity has diminished with the increasing cost of the energy needed to power the cremators and the cost of improving the filtration systems.

The costs for a cremation and burial up to the point of delivering the body for the funeral are comparable, although there is an additional fee of £152 for extra certification prior to a cremation.

Local cost comparisons (not including the extra certification) are (as at April 2013):-

Cremation

Randalls Park Crematorium, Leatherhead
£997 for 45 min service and £1420 for a double booking.

Guildford Crematorium
£762 for 20 min service and £907 for a service exceeding 20 mins.

Burial

Dorking Cemetery
Exclusive Right of Burial and Interment £1,476.50
Non-Mole Valley Borough Council residents £4,429.50

Guildford Cemetery
Exclusive Right of Burial and Interment £2,140
Non-Guildford Borough Residents £4,280
NOTE- Guildford cemetery is nearly full and they are not accepting the pre-booking of plots.

Clandon Wood Natural Burial
Exclusive Right of Burial and Interment £1770-£4750
One-off Woodland Management Fund Contribution to safeguard the long-term future of Clandon Wood £250
No extra fees for out-of-borough residents
Length of funeral service - up to three hours

Using the services of either is not essential although we recommend that you carry out some detailed research if you decide to care for your mother’s body from the time of her death to her burial.

You and your mother are in the ‘fortunate’ position where she is comfortable enough to express her wishes and you are responsive enough to be asking questions. If your mother is not decided who she would like to take care of her body when she dies perhaps you, with some family members, would commit to performing the duties.

Caring for and preparing a body for burial is a truly profound gift and one that can assist the grieving process. It helps to demonstrate the gratitude, the appreciation and the love that you have for that person’s life; the memory will stay with you always.

The shock at dealing with an unexpected or an unprepared death can be devastating. The Natural Death and Natural Burial ethos embraces the emotional side of how we understand death and dying but it also deals with the practical aspects of preparing for death and what has to happen after someone dies.

Whether you are planning an imminent funeral or your own distant(!) funeral, essential reading is The Natural Death Handbook 5th Edition produced by the Natural Death Centre charity and also Charles Cowling's book The Good Funeral Guide.

They are independent, not-for-profit consumer guides empowering you to make informed decisions. They will show you where you can save money and avoid unnecessary expense. They will enable you to play your part as you wish and create a funeral you will be proud of. They will also help you:-

  • decide how your mother will be cared for and who will do it
  • make informed choices about products and services
  • get best value for money
  • with reviews of best funeral directors
  • create a meaningful and memorable funeral ceremony
  • create an end-of-life plan
  • acquire some background information about death and dying, and find out where to learn more. Another valuable source of information for Life and Death Decisions can be found at www.finalfling.com. You can also purchase a Will for Life and an Advanced Decision form here.

The freehold of Clandon Wood is owned by Clandon Wood Ltd. in its entirety, unencumbered and without mortgage. When you buy a plot at Clandon Wood you are purchasing an Exclusive Right of Burial; you are not buying the land but the legal right to be buried in it. (The Exclusive Right of Burial is described in more detail in the answer to the question below).

Along with the purchase of grave rights there will be a one-off woodland management fee that will be securely deposited in the Woodland Management Fund; a trust fund to ensure that the long-term success of the woodland, meadow and lake is assured.

Clandon Wood has been designed as a Managed Woodland and when it matures, professional woodsmen will secure its on-going future by coppicing the hazel and sweet chestnut every 3-6 years. They will also ensure the high canopy does not overgrow thus perpetuating the smaller trees, shrubs and eco-systems below. The meadows will be harvested once a year and be naturally managed by grazing local sheep.

While Clandon Wood is establishing, daily operations will be from the site itself. When Clandon Wood reaches capacity it will be designated as a Nature Reserve and managed accordingly using income from the Woodland Management Fund.

The freehold of Clandon Wood is owned by Clandon Wood Ltd. in its entirety, unencumbered and without mortgage. When you buy a plot at Clandon Wood you are purchasing an Exclusive Right of Burial; you are not buying the land but the legal right to be buried in it. (The Exclusive Right of Burial is described in more detail in the answer to the question below).

Along with the purchase of grave rights there will be a one-off woodland management fee that will be securely deposited in the Woodland Management Fund; a trust fund to ensure that the long-term success of the woodland, meadow and lake is assured.

Clandon Wood has been designed as a Managed Woodland and when it matures, professional woodsmen will secure its on-going future by coppicing the hazel and sweet chestnut every 3-6 years. They will also ensure the high canopy does not overgrow thus perpetuating the smaller trees, shrubs and eco-systems below. The meadows will be harvested once a year and be naturally managed by grazing local sheep.

While Clandon Wood is establishing, daily operations will be from the site itself. When Clandon Wood reaches capacity it will be designated as a Nature Reserve and managed accordingly using income from the Woodland Management Fund.

The freehold of Clandon Wood is owned by Clandon Wood Ltd. in its entirety, unencumbered and without mortgage. When you buy a plot at Clandon Wood you are purchasing an Exclusive Right of Burial; you are not buying the land but the legal right to be buried in it. (The Exclusive Right of Burial is described in more detail in the answer to the question below).

Along with the purchase of grave rights there will be a one-off woodland management fee that will be securely deposited in the Woodland Management Fund; a trust fund to ensure that the long-term success of the woodland, meadow and lake is assured.

Clandon Wood has been designed as a Managed Woodland and when it matures, professional woodsmen will secure its on-going future by coppicing the hazel and sweet chestnut every 3-6 years. They will also ensure the high canopy does not overgrow thus perpetuating the smaller trees, shrubs and eco-systems below. The meadows will be harvested once a year and be naturally managed by grazing local sheep.

While Clandon Wood is establishing, daily operations will be from the site itself. When Clandon Wood reaches capacity it will be designated as a Nature Reserve and managed accordingly using income from the Woodland Management Fund.

The freehold of Clandon Wood is owned by Clandon Wood Ltd. in its entirety, unencumbered and without mortgage. When you buy a plot at Clandon Wood you are purchasing an Exclusive Right of Burial; you are not buying the land but the legal right to be buried in it. (The Exclusive Right of Burial is described in more detail in the answer to the question below).

Along with the purchase of grave rights there will be a one-off woodland management fee that will be securely deposited in the Woodland Management Fund; a trust fund to ensure that the long-term success of the woodland, meadow and lake is assured.

Clandon Wood has been designed as a Managed Woodland and when it matures, professional woodsmen will secure its on-going future by coppicing the hazel and sweet chestnut every 3-6 years. They will also ensure the high canopy does not overgrow thus perpetuating the smaller trees, shrubs and eco-systems below. The meadows will be harvested once a year and be naturally managed by grazing local sheep.

While Clandon Wood is establishing, daily operations will be from the site itself. When Clandon Wood reaches capacity it will be designated as a Nature Reserve and managed accordingly using income from the Woodland Management Fund.

The freehold of Clandon Wood is owned by Clandon Wood Ltd. in its entirety, unencumbered and without mortgage. When you buy a plot at Clandon Wood you are purchasing an Exclusive Right of Burial; you are not buying the land but the legal right to be buried in it. (The Exclusive Right of Burial is described in more detail in the answer to the question below).

Along with the purchase of grave rights there will be a one-off woodland management fee that will be securely deposited in the Woodland Management Fund; a trust fund to ensure that the long-term success of the woodland, meadow and lake is assured.

Clandon Wood has been designed as a Managed Woodland and when it matures, professional woodsmen will secure its on-going future by coppicing the hazel and sweet chestnut every 3-6 years. They will also ensure the high canopy does not overgrow thus perpetuating the smaller trees, shrubs and eco-systems below. The meadows will be harvested once a year and be naturally managed by grazing local sheep.

While Clandon Wood is establishing, daily operations will be from the site itself. When Clandon Wood reaches capacity it will be designated as a Nature Reserve and managed accordingly using income from the Woodland Management Fund.

An Exclusive Right of Burial is your proof that you have reserved and paid for a burial plot that is to be used by you. You are not buying or leasing the land; you are buying the legal right to be buried in it.

If a family member dies before you and you wish for the plot to be used by another, then those directions need to be made in writing.

An Exclusive Right of Burial can only be exercised for the person whose name is registered at the time of purchase; a transfer of the Exclusive Right of Burial can however, be made with signed permission from the original purchaser.

Traditional coffins are often manufactured from veneered chipboard which can be bonded using questionable glues and hardwood containers can be manufactured using exotic and in some cases endangered species of wood and designed to actually prevent decomposition. Traditional coffins may also have plastic liners, plastic handles, polystyrene name plates, varnishes and glues which are all oil-based and are seen as harmful both in their manufacture and in their effect on the environment.

Natural bio-degradable coffins, shrouds and burial clothes are encouraged for Clandon Wood and other natural burial grounds so that the material decomposes as nature intended.

All the coffins used at Clandon Wood will be made using sustainable, recycled or waste materials that have less embodied energy in their production; using no varnishes, plastics or metals, (some nails, screws, or staples may be present).

Acceptable coffins and shrouds are widely available in plain untreated softwood, cardboard, willow, wool, cotton, and felt.

Bio-degradable coffins are now manufactured worldwide using sustainable materials such sea grass, water hyacinth, banana leaf although at Clandon Wood we prefer to use coffins made and sourced in the UK.

The unique shapes, designs and colours of the natural coffins also provide comfort and choice from the all too often ‘cold and sombre’ feel of traditional coffins.

Coffins are about the same and in some cases cheaper than traditional coffins.

We help you source coffins made from cardboard, willow, softwood, rattan, bamboo, seagrass or banana leaf in the £350 - £550 range.

Personalised shrouds and coffins in wool can be in the £600 - £900 range.

Individual memorials can be arranged but to maintain the visual and ecological balance of Clandon Wood there will be no manufactured memorials above ground.

The abiding concept is that the trees and meadow flowers become a ‘living memorial’ without the need for individual markers.

It is intended to be a nature reserve dedicated to the memory of those that lay within its soil.

We do recognise however that some of us like to visibly record the personal details or a personal message to those we bury.

If your chosen plot is in a designated woodland area then you will be able to purchase a tree as a memorial for the grave; the tree species being in accordance with the landscape plan.

If requested, specially-commissioned tree tags made of wood, glass or metal in the shape of the leaf of that particular tree, can be engraved with the deceased’s details and placed discreetly on the tree.

For burials in the meadow, small clay tablets crafted by a Clandon sculptor can again be inscribed with the deceased’s personal details and set within the soil.

Please see prices here.

No. Each interment will be carefully backfilled level with the existing ground. Any settlement will be regularly treated with further topsoil and then seeded so that there will be no immediate evidence of an interment. Tree planting will naturally take place during the plant’s dormant period.

Clandon Wood will keep both paper and electronic records of the exact location and identity of each interment using a system of trig points for setting out and also an electronic chip-recognition system.

Natural burial grounds are subject to the same burial law as traditional cemeteries and crematoria. The laws for authority for burial, exhumations, re-burials, burial of tissue, burial registers and data protection all have to be adhered to in a natural burial ground.

I met Mr Banstead over a coffee later that morning and we discussed his requirements. He was true to his word and he knew exactly what he wanted; a side-by-side plot for him and his wife....although she didn’t know anything about it yet....!

If you have decided for yourself already; you need to know more or want to discuss any aspect of Natural Burial, contact us in any way that makes you feel comfortable; by telephone, email or letter or come and visit us in our welcoming office reception here at Clandon Wood. We are here 9am-5pm during the week and 11am-3pm at weekends.

Yes, there is ample provision for visitors’ cars in a designated area on site. Our parking area ensures that vehicles are not be visible from the road, from The Pavilion or anywhere else on the site.

Due to the adverse effect of concentrations of ashes on our native plants all cremated remains are required to be buried.

The vehicle transporting the coffin to Clandon Wood is able to go directly to the pavilion for the funeral and all other vehicles are required to be parked, in a secluded area at the front of the site; out of sight in the landscape.

We have also brought back the traditional, walking procession back to our funerals so that family and friends can have a calm and unhurried journey to the grave. The coffin can be carried or placed on a hand or horse-drawn dray.

Yes. There is a train service that runs to West Clandon (1 mile) from Guildford and Waterloo. There are also four bus routes that service Guildford, Leatherhead and Epsom during the day.

Clandon Wood will be accessible 365 days of the year. You can visit and enjoy the surroundings at any time of the day.

The main entrance gates will be locked to restrict vehicular access during the hours of darkness but there will be permanent pedestrian access.

Unfortunately not as Clandon Wood is only intended for the interment of human remains.

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A Special Place with a Special Feeling

Whatever your faith, your belief or your thinking

A Nature Reserve for generations to come.

Extraordinary funerals in an extraordinary place.

Calm - Unhurried - Relaxed - Informal

 
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Warm, welcome reception
Open 7 days -10am to 5pm weekdays
11am to 3pm weekends & bank holidays.

Burial area is 31 acre wild grass & flower meadows.
New broadleaf woodland.
Lake and Wetland.

Beautiful Glass Pavilion for Family gatherings & services

Secular or Spiritual.

Traditional or Informal.

Wicker, Pine or Cardboard coffins.
Cotton or Woollen Shrouds.

A funeral of your choice.
A funeral of your making.
At a cost that YOU control.

Arranged by you & your family
(or use a funeral director)

Burial plots from £1070

Free Advice.
Help & Support – (as much as you need).

No regimented headstones
No formal black (unless you want it).

Just…
Calm - Unhurried - Relaxed - Informal

There are no rules.
You write the script.

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About Clandon Wood

Conceived as a Burial Reserve -
Designed as a Nature Reserve

The beautiful simplicity of Natural Burial was the inspiration that led to the creation of Clandon Wood. The creation of a self-sustaining, wildlife environment is the answer to the enduring question: how do we find enough space to accommodate human burials responsibly?



Clandon and the Surrey Hills...

From a practical standpoint, a new burial reserve had to be in an area where there was a need; it needed to be easily accessible with road and public transport links and it had to be of a certain size to be commercially viable.
It obviously needed to please aesthetically but more importantly it must provide an environmental framework to support as many diverse ecosystems as possible.
Four years later, thirty-one acres of former farm land were discovered near Guildford in Surrey.
The two fields had lain fallow for the preceding eight years but lying at the foot of the Surrey Hills and nestling between the villages of East and West Clandon, this site was the perfect place.

The name.....

Clandon Wood was the given name (it was only known as part of the Cuckoo Farm estate) as the original plan was to completely cover the land with trees. The name continued however, when it was decided to create as diverse an environment as possible; by including wildflower meadows and a lake and wetland. This would vastly increase the potential wildlife eco-systems.

Clandon Wood - Diverse range of Woodland, Grasses and Flowers.

 

The Site

A Nature Reserve for Natural Burials

Fields that lay fallow now thrive with over forty eight species of wildflowers and grasses giving us a flowering season well into the autumn.

Recently planted native trees including oak, beech, hornbeam, lime and silver birch, create a young flourishing woodland. A variety of sweet chestnut, hazel and willow will develop into coppices and groves of fruit trees will gift us early spring blossom. Using traditional woodland management practices the developing woodland will become productive, securing its future, flourishing for generations to come.

Trails seeded with wild flowers will meander through the new woodland weaving in and out of open meadows offering an ever changing landscape.

Hundreds of yards of hedgerows are being carefully managed and provide a vital refuge for wildlife.

Our lake and wetland nourish the aquatic plants that balance and stabilise the water quality.

 

Traditional Land Management

Natural preparation, proven and traditional management techniques nurture and safeguard our landscapes so they may endure long into the future.

Traditional working practices maintain the meadow. After the flowers and grasses have seeded, mowers and rakes pulled by rare breed Suffolk Punch horses clear the meadow of hay. Sheep then graze over winter in preparation for the next spring growth.

Ecologically sound and environmentally responsive, Clandon Wood has been designed and developed to be self-sustaining with balanced eco-systems that require minimal management to maintain stability.

 

Comfortable

Our beautiful glass-walled Pavilion and finely-appointed facilities support funeral and memorial services, offering a wholly natural alternative to conventional funerals.

 

Natural burial - the way it should be

Where the natural cycles of life are beautifully encapsulated in the four seasons.

Natural burial and Clandon Wood are very much about life and renewal through nature;
everywhere there will be light and air........and a sense of hope for the future...

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Clandon Wood Wildlife

We will be carrying out annual surveys of our burgeoning wildlife.

From the small amount of plants and animals habiting the site in March 2012 you can see from our July 2013 survey the ever-increasing numbers of flora and fauna

Download a table showing all the wildlife sightings at Clandon Wood

 

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Videos / Podcasts

Whether you are familiar with natural burial, or are just finding out what is involved, the videos and podcasts on this page will help you understand about natural burial and what Clandon Wood will give you.

 

Clandon Wood – a new dawn

An introduction to Clandon Wood

Preparing our meadows with these lovely Suffolk Punch horses

A natural burial at Clandon Wood (told through pictures)

“Dying to know” – a video by Dying Matters

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Timeline Photos

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A New Lake in 12 Photos

3 weeks to construct, 2.5 metres at its deepest, water from our borehole.

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A New Meadow in 12 Photos

A hose-pipe ban heralded the wetest year on record!

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Above Clandon Wood

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Before Clandon Wood

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Below Clandon Wood

Archaeological investigations found evidence of an early Bronze-Age settlement and flint extraction.

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Blue skies sunset & some new friends

What a fantastic place to spend your day.

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Clandon Wood Opening

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Developing Clandon Wood

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Extraordinary Funeralsin an Extraordinary Place

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Four Legged Friends of Clandon Wood

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Inside but Outside

Our new Pavilion for funeral services - Completion June 2103

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Natural Burial-Natural Materials

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New front Entrance

January 2013

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Our First Summer - 2012

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Our new front entrance sign

Our sincere thanks to www.norburyparksawmill.org.uk for another really beautiful product from the Surrey Hills.

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Silly tit (it's a type of bird)

This little guy flew into our window this morning. Was momentarily stunned but then flew away!

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Traditonal Natural Management

Managing Clandon Wood Meadows

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Helpful organisations

To you, our customer,

Within this section of our blog you will find details of organisations we know will be able to help you. Those listed are either known to us or have been commended to us by others that are pleased with their service provision. They are proven to deliver a quality service that is in keeping with your requirements and expectations and are expected to observe and comply with our philosophy, our principles and our Codes of Conduct.

Our list of helpful organisations is by no means exhaustive and in no particular order. Either click on the links below or hover over ‘Helpful Organisations” in the menu above for further information:

Clandon Wood embraces new concepts; it is distinct in its concept and will be different in its delivery. Our ethos is inspirational and stimulating and the delivery of our service will be innovative and refreshing. Please get in touch if you believe you provide a level of service that will observe our philosophies, meet our expectations and conform to our Codes of Conduct.

We welcome feedback on all of your experiences with any of our associates – please either get in touch or leave a comments below.

In the media

Below is a sample of some of the amazing media coverage we have received.

The Lady (29th August 2013) – “Think natural” … natural funerals can offer a beautiful deeply personal final farewell.

The Guildford Dragon (August 2013) - Clandon Wood Surrey Hills Natural Burial Reserve Nominated For Cemetery Of The Year Award

The Guildford Dragon (March 2013) – interview with Simon Ferrar (founder & manager of Clandon Wood)

Go Surrey website (5th March 2013) – “Biodegradable clothes for ‘dressing the dead’

“More to death” magazine (January 2013) – A look at the growing number of burial sites in the UK – see page 4-6

BBC.co.uk (5th December 2012) – “Surrey natural burial ground meadow planted in Clandon

GoSurrey website (3rd December 2012) – “Natural burial ground on meadow estate

Testimonials

It is our privilege to be involved with the families who visit us, here are a few words from those who have experienced Clandon Wood…

 

“I am so happy to have experienced such a day. I was very reluctant to come to England for the funeral but by the end of Saturday I felt it had been a privilege to be there. Thank you to all of you and especially for your help in decorating the basket. I was very unsure about my idea but as we decorated the basket I felt more and more happy about it and now seeing a photo of the basket with just the simple decorations - without the professional arrangement - I feel everything was just as it should be. I am very proud that my mother is buried in Clandon Wood - meadow! I prefer the meadow to wood, by the way. I am sure that I will be back at sometime to visit. With my warmest regards."
Denise B,
 
“I would just like to thank you and the whole Clandon Wood ‘family’ for helping us through the process of natural burials. You have ‘held our hand’ throughout discussions with understanding, sympathy and common sense. Our meetings have been laced with light heartedness and good humour which is in such contrast to the mock seriousness which so often surrounds such things. I must say that it has been a privilege to get to know you all and to be able to get everything organised before I go. Both Terry and I think that what you are creating at Clandon Wood is very special indeed.”
John & Terry W,
 
“Thank you so much for all you did on Wednesday; everything you did was with such dignity and respect for everyone, Susan would have been watching and smiling. When my time comes I would like the same for me, with Susan being with you at Clandon Wood. I know she will always be respected and cared for and the fact that she is part of something in its early days makes me so happy as Susan always enjoyed being a part of something new. Please give a big hug to your lovely wife Ailean from me and all my children.... With great respect."
David M,
 
I would like to thank you, Ailean and Pia very much for helping to make my father's burial such an incredible event. It is not something that you can look forward to in any way but there was something about the whole day that made it very special and made us feel that we had given him a great send off. The day now holds great memories for us which was very unexpected. All other funerals I have been to have been depressing and too impersonal. You are all so kind and thoughtful and have just the right approach in such a difficult time. We felt like you were close friends by the end of the day, such was your warmth and compassion. My sister has sent me a photograph of the tree and it looks lovely. I hope to visit this coming Saturday...... It is actually a place that I look forward to visiting which is quite surprising to me. I am so pleased because I very much wanted to be able to visit him and now I know that I will be happy when I am there.
Judith,
 
“Just a few words to say thank you for your time yesterday. What I experienced far outweighed my expectations and your enthusiasm and determination for what you are creating shone through in abundance.”
Elaine N,
 
“Thank you, thank you, thank you so much. Perfect. Described as the most personal event they had ever been to.....Say a big thank you to everyone that helped. A big one."
Colin C,
 
“We just wanted to say thank you so very much for everything you did for us on Friday. Despite all my doubts about using the horse and cart and trying to control every little detail, it just didn't matter in the end. It all went perfectly and was a very lovely and fitting send off for Neil. So many people said what a lovely service it was and we were surprised and touched by how many people stayed by Neil's grave and how long they stayed. We all feel very happy in the knowledge that he is being kept safe by you all and appreciate all your efforts on our behalf. We all had a very good send off for Neil back at my sister's house that went on well into the wee hours... Neil used to play drums, so the boys picked up their guitars and we had a great jam session and more than a few glasses of wine it has to be said! It brings us great comfort to know that Neil is in such a special place and we look forward to being able to visit for many years to come and watch it evolve. I know that Tony and I will definitely be taking this route as well and will contact you in the future to make the necessary provision. Our thanks once again to you all for what was obviously a very sad occasion but also a lovely day for our beloved brother"
Dawn C (Sister),
 
“The pictures really show Clandon for what it is - such a beautiful and tranquil place. If everyone who visits leaves feeling like we do you will really have created such an amazing and special place."
Jeanette J,
 
“I’m a huge supporter of anyone trying to help people like you are. Delighted to be the “official” Clandon Wood photographer. Here’s to a successful year. Best wishes”
Rachel Wallace – Farewell Photography,
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“Thanks for your time again last Friday – mum was very impressed which we are very pleased about as she was very anti the concept! You did a good job – especially with the name recall and informality / approachability!!! And the deer were just the icing...”
Tracey B,
 
“Thank you so much for Sunday... The gentleness and tranquility of the setting combined with your evident passion and enthusiasm for the principles of natural burial have convinced us that this really is the way to go! We look forward to the “oak” and the further enrichment of Clandon. Best wishes and thanks from all my family."
Tracey B,
 
“After Mum's funeral I received a note from one of Mum's close friends, I thought I'd let you know how it began as it provides more evidence that Clandon Wood is such a special place..."I feel strangely uplifted by Mum's funeral, so beautifully organised in an idyllic setting. In this hectic world it was lovely to walk through the wild flowers behind a horse and cart like being back in the 19th Century...”
Close friend of Jeanette J,
 
“We would like to offer a belated ‘thank you’ for organising our son’s funeral on the 15th February. The setting and the atmosphere created was perfect and we heard many surprised and favourable comments regarding the site and the idea of a natural burial. We wish you good fortune for the future and feel sure that Clandon Wood will become the destination of many who value the work that you are doing. Please pass on our thanks to your gracious and helpful team - Ailean, Pia and Chris - and once again our sincere thanks to you.”
Best Regards, Joe and Helen C,
 
“Thank all of you for the wonderful support and warm welcome. Thank you also for the wonderful burial on Saturday. I felt very calm and joyful - it was really a very wonderful and memorable day. The burial itself was so peaceful. The pony was a great feature. I was amazed that nobody wanted to leave the grave. I realised that I had missed out a bit on the preparations and arrived on Wednesday feeling quite stressed. I am very grateful that you helped me to let go of those negative feelings.
Thank you very again and we will definitely meet again.”

Denise B (Funeral of Barbara B),
 
“I don’t know if you will remember me but we met at my best friend's burial a few weeks ago. I’ve been wanting to write to you ever since that day and have spent many nights sitting out with a glass of whisky trying to work out what it is I wanted to say. I’m still not sure but I know I don’t want to let this pass without at least trying to say something about a day that has had a profound effect on me and the life that lies ahead. Mortality is a thing I have always struggled with and it has affected much of my living. I’ve sat through services for the inspiring and loving parents I was so lucky to have and the very dirgy ceremony that some vicar managed to plod through for the seriously wonderful and invigorating woman that my grandmother was. So when it came to carrying my lifelong friend, the last one left to watch my back, and lowering him into the ground, I really did not know if I would walk or fall. Crematoriums fill me with horror and I have never been able to walk past a grave without a chill coming on my heart. That was until I came to your field and met you and saw how you helped us lay our very precious friend down. I don’t mean to weird you out here but in one day you totally changed the way I see death, and therefore the way I see the life that exists between now and that certain time to come. You and the fantastic people who were there to quietly and sweetly guide us to where we had to be, you were cool and you made death cool. And now that I know that, and can see a way beyond the black and the graven priests and the sonorous bells, I can get on with the living. So thank you Simon, more than I can say. I loved the jumpers, the boots, the gravel and every face I saw, right down to the lady who was there at the exit to say ‘travel safe’ with such genuine love and kindness in her eyes. I didn’t think I could find a way to say goodbye to my friend, I found it in your field.”
With love, C,
 
Thank you for all the love and respect you gave us during the time of our moms passing…Pia was fantastic…..helped us with every thing….My mom had a beautiful service laughter and tears …..Keep up the good work..Look forward to visiting next time Im in the UK
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Thank you so much for the lovely send off that you helped us with for my mum Linda. The service was amazing with Allegra supporting us with her professionalism and compassion that she showed throughout. Simon and the team have been a rock to me and my brother in these difficult times and have shown emotional and practical support to us both. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for a truly memorable occasion for my mum and us. X Clandon Wood will definitely be my destination when my time is up……..beautiful, peaceful oasis of calmness and tranquility.
Paul-James Brown
 

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Simon Ferrar

Having been at the forefront in the creation and development of Clandon Wood, Simon is now focussed on consolidating the considerable successes that Clandon Wood has enjoyed in its first year of operation.

" We are creating a new living destination, both in our wildlife and our growing family community - there is a need now for the wider public to be made aware that there is an edifying, responsible and sustainable alternative to the cremation factories".

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Ailean Siira

Ailean joined the team at Clandon Wood towards the end of 2012 after previously working at Dane’s Hill school. Ailean’s key role is attending to the care and needs of our families and will always greet you with a ready smile, a calm manner and a cup of tea! Ailean also attends to our office administration and is training as a grief counsellor.

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Fran Hall

Fran manages all areas of Clandon Wood operations and brings a wealth of experience in setting-up and managing natural burial grounds. She also consults to The Natural Death Centre charity and is a qualified funeral director.

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Chris Siira-Tharme

Chris is our ground manager looking after the natural-side of Clandon Wood and attends to all interment duties. He also does not like his picture being taken!

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Clare Stone

Clare’s destiny at Clandon Wood came from attending our official opening in June 2013. Clare’s calm and composed nature has proved invaluable in caring for our families. She also attends to the office administration.

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Adrian Pink

Adrian is our funeral consultant and has spent over 25 years working in the funeral profession. Adrian gives his personal attention to every detail of the funeral arrangements and procedure.

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Steve Alan Mead

Another multi-skilled member of the team, Steve helps out in the office, with family liaison and assists Chris with all of the practical duties.

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George Taylor

George’s first experience of Clandon Wood was arranging the funeral and burial of his father. George’s involvement with Clandon Wood is the epitome of our aspirations in creating a growing family community. George now helps out in the office, with family liaison and on the land.

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Dani Maimone

Dani’s core responsibility is looking after the PR and marketing for Clandon Wood although she has experience of all of our operations since 2012. Dani's passion for Clandon Wood is reflected in her excellent photography much of which is featured within our our website and marketing materials.

Funerals at Clandon Wood

Natural Burial? - 

The Responsible Answer


Responsibility to Our Families


INFORMATION YOU NEED

We give you –

- The options and the choices for someone who is dying

- Knowledge about what you have to do when someone dies

- Knowhow about what you can and what you can’t do after someone dies.
- Freedom of choice based upon unbiased information.Individual pricing structures based upon your need and your choices
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Information from someone who cares enough to advise and assist you, whether you use their services or no

 

Environmental Responsibility

 

Clandon Wood :

- is balanced, it is bio-diverse and it is sustainable.
- uses minimal man-management to maintain its stability.
- is a new Nature Reserve with a long term planning strategy.
- is cared for using traditional, planned and balanced land management techniques.
- uses animals wherever posssible and not machines for less impact on the land
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- Natural Burial is a far more responsible way for us to manage the end of our lives.

 

Your Personal Responsibility

 

It is your life, it is your death. 

 
- It is ultimately your responsibility to protect those close to you.
- You will be protecting your family when they are at their most vulnerable.
- Balanced decisions cannot be made at an emotional time, especially financial decisions
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- Ensure your end-of-life plans are clear, concise and most importantly, paid for, as there is no legal requirement that your wishes have to be followed, even if they are detailed in your Will.
- Decide. Plan. Pay.  It is the only way to preserve your wishes and  protect family and friends so they do not have to make painful decisions after your death. Decisions made whilst grieving are  difficult, upsetting, are often regretted and can be very expensive.

Questions and Answers

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Thank you for taking time to explore our website; this is not the usual 'Frequently Asked Question' format.

These are attempts to respond to real questions with factual and balanced answers, in some cases with extended explanations.

We have also tried to use direct language and stay away from flowered advertorial text; this should give you a clear picture of our vision, our design, our values and ideals.

If you have a question that is not covered here do please contact us.

Kind Regards,
From the Clandon Wood team - Natural Burial in the Surrey Hills

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Clandon Wood Natural Burial Reserve is a member of The Association of Natural Burial Grounds

The Association of Natural Burial Grounds (ANBG) was established by The Natural Death Centre in 1994. Its aims and objects have remained unchanged.

 

By requiring members to comply with the Natural Death Centre’s Code of Conduct the ANBG provides the public with the assurance of best practice at every one of its member sites.

 

A brief history

The opening of the first natural burial ground in the UK was an innovative move by Carlisle City Council in May 1993. Nearly twenty years later there are now over 260 sites around the country, all with individual characters and differences. Just over half are run by local authorities, the remainder being run by landowners such as farmers, charitable trusts and non-profit organisations. The burial grounds vary in their plans for land management - not all have tree planting schemes, for example. Most offer families the chance to choose a grave in advance of the time of need, but some will not. Of the 260 plus on The Natural Death Centre database, the majority of privately-run sites are members of the ANBG, as are some local authority owned sites. ANBG members are as far afield as the Highlands of Scotland and the west of Cornwall.

 

What the ANBG does

One of the most important roles is as an independent monitor of the member sites; requiring all members to provide families with a Feedback Form, and these are returned directly to the Natural Death Centre, giving them invaluable insight into the services provided by each member. Any problems raised are instantly responded to directly with the site operator, while positive remarks, compliments and personal testimonies confirm that the member concerned is continuing to provide an exceptional service.

 

Representing our members

The ANBG can be particularly effective when it represents its members as a whole. It is a staunch supporter of their individualism, but sometimes their comparative lack of size in the wide commercial world would make them vulnerable if the ANBG were not there to "fight their corner".

 

Press and media

The Natural Death Centre and the ANBG itself is seen as the first port of call by many journalists seeking information on natural burial and the provision that is available. This gives the opportunity to stress a very important part of the ANBG's role: that of publishing, promoting and upholding the Code of Conduct which it’s members adhere to and which is designed with the interests of the public in mind. The Code of Conduct includes requirements concerning flora and fauna conservation, the use of biodegradable coffins, guarantees as to long-term financial security measures, the use of fully itemised price lists and a formal complaints procedure. It also recognises that members must allow families to organise a funeral themselves, without the services of a funeral director, if they so wish. See also - Questions to ask a funeral director

 

Government consultation and liaison

The Natural Death Centre (and thus the ANBG) is a prominent charity often consulted by government departments, and it regularly responds to and comments on initiatives to do with death and dying.

 

Complaints handling

Under the ANBG Code of Conduct, members are required to establish a formal complaints handling procedure. This should include internal investigation of complaints in the first instance and a higher level review of the complaint if the matter is not resolved. If the complaint remains unresolved ANBG will undertake an independent review of the case and provide its findings in writing.

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Why buy a plot at Clandon Wood?

Security of freehold.
Security of Tenure.
Secure Trust Fund for the future
A sustainable environment.
Diverse eco-systems.
Inspirational buildings.
Comfortable facilities.
Full disclosure and flexible pricing.
Freedom of choice. Freedom of expression.
Fully managed.

 

Clandon Wood has many qualities but what we have also created here is; a sense of belonging.

Families are now spread far and wide, and Clandon Wood gives them a spiritual home.

A sense of destination; not just a final destination but somewhere to come and enjoy in quiet recreation.

Expressing their feelings of pleasure and satisfaction; whether they have had a family funeral or are just planning for themselves, they honestly feel that they are pioneers in a new future, able to watch Clandon Wood develop and grow and also be a part of it.

Clandon Wood is flourishing because the families here share in the certainty and the conviction that we are creating something beneficial, something special, something life changing.

Many Clandon Wood family members have become friends and have welcomed us into their lives.

 

Words from those who trust us to be their caretakers...

“...I would like to thank you for helping to make my father’s burial such an incredible event… The day now holds great memories for us which was very unexpected. You are all so kind and thoughtful and have just the right approach in such a difficult time. We felt like you were close friends by the end of the day, such was your warmth and compassion”.

“...I have never been able to walk past a grave without a chill coming on my heart. That was until I came to your field and met you and saw how you helped us lay our very precious friend down.…in one day you totally changed the way I see death, and therefore the way I see the life that exists between now and that certain time to come. You and the fantastic people who were there to quietly and sweetly guide us to where we had to be, you were cool and you made death cool. And now that I know that …… I can get on with the living.
So thank you Simon, more than I can say. I loved the jumpers, the boots, the gravel and every face I saw….. I didn’t think I could find a way to say goodbye to Neil. I found it in your field.”

“...I feel strangely uplifted by Mum's funeral, so beautifully organised in an idyllic setting. In this hectic world it was lovely to walk through the wild flowers behind a horse and cart like being back in the 19th Century.”

“... I’d like to say a sincere thank you, again, for the hospitality and warmth you openly displayed last Saturday. I wish you all the best for the future of Clandon Wood. What you do is important and beautiful, why more people don't do the same I don't know, well done for building it, I’m sure they'll come (Field of Dreams moment there)! “...Thank you, thank you, thank you so much. Perfect. Described as the most personal event they had ever been to.....”

“...Thank you so much for all you did on Wednesday; everything you did was with such dignity and respect for everyone…I know she will always be respected and cared for and the fact that she is part of something in its early days makes me so happy as Susan always enjoyed being a part of something new.” “...I really believe in what you are trying to do at Clandon Wood and look forward to being a part of it in some way as it develops in the years ahead.”

“...Thank you so much for helping my family through this difficult time and providing my sister with such a beautiful place for us to remember her by.”

“...Thank you both so much for Sunday... The gentleness and tranquillity of the setting combined with your evident passion and enthusiasm for the principles of natural burial have convinced us that this really is the way to go!”

“...Thank all of you for the wonderful support and warm welcome. Thank you also for the wonderful burial on Saturday. I felt very calm and joyful on Saturday - it was really a very wonderful and memorable day.”

“...I am very proud that my mother is buried at Clandon Wood

“...How can we ever thank you for such a really, really wonderful and very fulfilling afternoon we had with you planning Nell’s funeral... wonderful, amazing, fantastic, happy, enjoyable, all the feelings we experienced yesterday at Clandon Wood. Yes, "The Way It should Be". Again a million thanks not only for helping us but for setting up Clandon Wood.”

“...It was a beautiful service in a beautiful location and we were made to feel so welcome by you all.”

Clandon Wood - Diverse range of Woodland, Grasses and Flowers.

Why Plan Ahead By Buying a Burial Plot??

Your Wishes are Known

 

“I would just like to thank you and the whole Clandon Wood ‘family’ for helping us through the process of natural burials. You have ‘held our hand’ throughout discussions with understanding, sympathy and common sense. Our meetings have been laced with light heartedness and good humour which is in such contrast to the mock seriousness which so often surrounds such things. I must say that it has been a privilege to get to know you all and to be able to get everything organised before I go. Both Terry and I think that what you are creating at Clandon wood is very special indeed”.
John Weller - 28 April 2013

 

John Weller died on the 14th May 2013 aged 69. He was buried together with the ashes of his son in his arms, Thursday 30th May 2013, in the meadow at Clandon Wood. These were the stated wishes of John when he came to see us a few weeks earlier.

Peace of mind

There is no legal requirement to carry out your funeral wishes even if they are detailed in your Will. There is however, no reason not to follow your directions if your end-of-life plans are clear, concise and paid for.

Financially prudent

Future funeral costs at today’s prices.

Protect your family when they are vulnerable.

Decide. Plan. Pay. It is the only way to preserve your wishes and protect family and friends so they do not have to make painful decisions after your death. Balanced decisions are difficult to make under emotional stress. Making practical decisions whilst grieving can be very challenging. We can easily make wrong choices based on incorrect information, these choices can be very expensive and often regretted.

Responsibility - It is your life. It is your death.

Planning and paying for your own funeral really is the responsible thing to do.

“I can never thank you enough for enabling us to give John such a beautiful funeral. The whole experience was amazing and exactly what John wanted.We were very comforted to know that John was treated with such loving care. It is also a great consolation to know that Andy is now safe in his dad’s arms”.
Terry Weller – 6 June 2013

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A Funeral with Us

Calm – Unhurried – Relaxed - Informal

Death and dying can be an uncomfortable subject.

You may have never been to a funeral, let alone a natural burial, so let us reassure you.

Everything at Clandon Wood will feel familiar.

Your surroundings will feel calm, unhurried, relaxed and informal.

 

Your Choice - Your Decisions

At a time when you are probably at your most vulnerable, we can help and guide you.

Calmly and at a measured pace.

You will be advised as to what is required, what is possible and what is not necessary.

We care enough to advise and assist you, whether you use our services or not.

Free choice and your own decisions; from unbiased information, that can be freely sought and is freely given.

 

A People Place

Clandon Wood is a people place. It is a Nature Reserve to be enjoyed through every season.

Devoted to our visitors and devoid of cars, all vehicles are required to be parked, in seclusion and out of sight in the landscape. Everyone can enjoy our beautiful landscape as we have a small buggy for those that are unable to walk any distance.

There is also a welcoming office reception and comfortable toilets including disabled facilities.

 

The Pavilion - an inside space, outside.

Used for informal gatherings, funerals and memorial services, the Pavilion is built entirely of timber and glass.

The Pavilion is supported by wooden columns; it seems to touch the ground lightly and float in the landscape. Once inside you are surrounded and enveloped by the natural environment.

During cold weather it is heated by a wood pellet furnace. In fine weather the large glass doors slide apart and the building’s contained space flows out across the wide timber decks into the meadow beyond.

 

Extraordinary Funerals in an Extraordinary Place

Whether it is your funeral that you are planning or one for family or a friend, you can be assured that it will be a funeral that you will want to remember in a place you won’t want to forget.

Chosen, arranged and accomplished by you - with your family - with your friends - with our help.

 

Time

At most of today’s funerals you are allotted fixed time slots.

A funeral at Clandon Wood is not dictated by the schedules or agendas of others. Agendas that are often at odds with your entitlements and your emotions.

At Clandon Wood our funerals are not time sensitive.

The Pavilion may be used for up to three hours. You may then spend as long as you wish at the reserve.

Feel free to take your time - it is your time - you need to remember it.

 

A Walk to the Grave

The procession has gone from our funerals; in days gone-by, the funeral started at home and proceeded on foot to the cemetery, where the service was held and the burial took place.

We have revived this old tradition at Clandon Wood. From a service in our glass Pavilion a gentle procession follows a horse-drawn hay cart or hand-cart that bears the coffin.

This can be a time to share with others or give you space for your emotions.

 

Life, Death and Renewal

Natural burial is very much about life and renewal through nature. The cycle of the seasons reflecting our succession through life.

Everywhere there is light and air and a sense of hope for the future.

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Cost Comparisons

 

Burial or Cremation

As a provider of Natural Burials we view full burial as a more responsible way of dealing with our mortal remains. It is of course a matter of personal choice which method we choose individually, so what follows is purely an illustration of the difference in costs and does not promote the emotional or environmental arguments for either of the two practices.

Cremation has generally been considered the cheaper option as there is a cost of the grave for a burial. In recent years however, that disparity is diminishing with the increasing cost of the energy needed to power the cremators (estimated at 675 kWh for every cremation) and also improving the filtration systems.

The costs for a cremation or a burial, up to the point of delivering the body for the funeral, are comparable although there is an additional fee of £152 for extra certification prior to a cremation (Oct 2013). The cost of a coffin also has to be factored-in for a cremation whereas a simple shroud could be used for a burial.

Local cost comparisons as at April 2013:-

Cremation

Leatherhead (Randalls Park) Crematorium - operated by Dignity PLC
£997 for 45 minute booking and £1420 for a double booking
(these prices include the extra cost for the doctors’ certificates)

Guildford Crematorium – operated by Guildford Borough Council
(these prices include the extra cost for doctors’ certificates)
£762 for 20 minute booking and £907 for service exceeding 20 mins

Woking Crematorium - operated by London Cremation Company
(these prices include the extra cost for doctors’ certificates)
£845 for a 25 minutes in the chapel and £960 for 45 minutes. £685 for a 9am booking

 

Burial of Cremated Remains in a standard plot

Where the Exclusive Right of Burial Authority is stated as being over a specified period of 30 and 50 years, this means that if a grave has not been used within that specified period, the ownership for the use of that plot reverts back to the cemetery owners for either re-sale or renewal for an additional fee.

At Clandon Wood there is No Time Limit as to when the grave can be used.

Guildford Cemetery

Exclusive Right of Burial and Interment (for 30 years) £795
Non-Guildford Borough Residents £1590
 

Woking (Brookwood) Cemetery

 
Exclusive Right of Burial and Interment (for 50 years) £1325
Plus £20 per annum reservation fee for every year the grave is not occupied  

Dorking Cemetery

 
Exclusive Right of Burial and Interment (for 50 years) £525
Non Mole Valley Residents £1575
 

Clandon Wood Surrey Hills Nature Reserve (no time limit)

£635
(we do not scatter remains as this may have a detrimental effect on our wild plants)
The above figures consist of the charges below:
 
Plot for Cremated Remains £270
(Range of cost for plots depends on the views of our lake and of the Surrey Hills)
£270, £520, £765 and £1015
 
Interment Fee (preparing, finishing and caring for the grave) £115
 
Woodland Trust Fund Contribution (secure fund for future maintenance) £250

There are NO extra fees at Clandon Wood for out-of-borough residents

 

Full Burial in a standard plot

Guildford Cemetery (owned and operated by Guildford Borough Council)

Exclusive Right of Burial and Interment (for 30 years) £2140
Non-Guildford Borough Residents £4280
NOTE- Guildford cemetery is near to capacity so you cannot pre-book a plot.

Woking (Brookwood) Cemetery (Privately owned & operated)

Exclusive Right of Burial and Interment –
in the woodland & meadow areas (for 50 years)
(plus grave maintenance of £120 per annum)
£1700
 
Non-Woking Borough Residents £2050 - £3050
 

Dorking Cemetery (owned and operated by Mole Valley District Council)

Exclusive Right of Burial and Interment (for 50 years) £1476.50
Non-Mole Valley Borough Council residents £4429.50
 

Clandon Wood Surrey Hills Nature Reserve
Freehold owned by Clandon Wood Ltd – Operated by Natural Burial (UK) Ltd

Exclusive Right of Burial and Interment (no time limit) £1770
The above figures consist of the charges below:
 
Burial Plot (until occupied) £1070
(Range of costs depending on the views of our lake and of the Surrey Hills)
£1070, £2070, £3050 and £4050
 
Interment Fee (preparing, finishing and caring for the grave) £450
 
Woodland Trust Fund Contribution (a secure fund for future maintenance) £250


There are NO extra fees at Clandon Wood for out-of-borough residents

NOTE: The costs for all plots can be fixed at today’s prices and payment can be made in full or with a £250 deposit and the balance payable in monthly instalments for up to 36 months at no extra cost. Please note that all costs must be paid before the day of interment. Interment fees can be paid in advance as part of the Clandon Wood Funeral Plan.

All information on natural burial may be freely sought and is freely given so you are most welcome to call or request any further information at any time. By seeking advice or information you can be assured that you are not obliged to use Clandon Wood or our services.

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Plot Prices

Our main prices consist of three elements only

  1. Exclusive Right of Burial – You are not buying or leasing the plot but purchasing the legal right to be buried within it.
  2. Interment Fee - preparing, finishing and caring for the grave.
  3. Woodland Management Trust Fund. A one-off fee in a secure fund for future

The range of plot prices depend on the location, the views of our lake and the Surrey Hills.

There are NO extra fees at Clandon Wood for out-of-borough residents and NO on-going management fees.

 

Cost of Full Burial

Costs of Full Burial £1770, £2770, £3750 or £4750
 
The above figures include the following:
Burial Plot £1070, £2070, £3050 or £4050
 
Interment Fee (preparing, finishing and caring for the grave) £450
 
Woodland Trust Fund Contribution (a secure fund for future maintenance) £250
 
All plots are single depth (3ft 6in) so double plots will be side-by-side graves and need to be purchased at the same time; the second plot will be discounted by 25%.

 

Burial of Cremated Remains

We do not scatter cremated remains as this may have a detrimental effect on our wild plants. The remains may be placed in a biodegradable urn or container or placed directly into the earth.
Costs of Burial of Cremated Remains £635, £885, £1130 or £1380
 
The above figures include the following:
Plot for Cremated Remains £270, £520, £765 or £1015
 
Interment Fee (preparing, finishing and caring for the grave) £115
 
Woodland Trust Fund Contribution (a secure fund for future maintenance) £250
 

Burial of Cremated Remains in a Family Plot

Cost of Burial of Cremated Remains
in a Family Plot
£1780, £2780, £3760 or £4760
Family plots can accept up to four interments.
 
The above figures include the following:
Plot for Cremated Remains £1070, £2070, £3050 or £4050
 
Interment Fee (preparing, finishing and caring for the grave) £115
 
Woodland Trust Fund Contribution (a secure fund for future maintenance) £250
 

Planning for the Future

If you are arranging your own funeral plans it is easy to reserve a plot for either Full Burial or Cremated Remains.

The costs are all as above but will not include the Interment Fee. The Interment Fee will need to be paid at the time of burial or can be included in the Clandon Wood Funeral Plan.

The costs for all plots can be fixed at today’s prices with just a £250 deposit. The balance can be settled in full or over 36 months at no extra cost but please note that all fees must be paid before the day of interment.

Please be assured that by seeking advice or information from us you are not obliged to use Clandon Wood or our services.


Have a question? - Just call 01483 479614 or email info@clandonwood.com

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Funeral Costs

We are proud to announce that discerning local funeral directors are working with Clandon Wood to provide services that are exactly tailored to the wishes of our families.

PLEASE NOTE: The options that follow are a very new departure from what has generally been accepted as a 'traditional funeral' over the last two hundred years or so. Together with Clandon Wood, traditional local funeral directors such as W. A. Truelove, Lodge Brothers and James and Thomas are shaping funeral practices into the future. Our pricing policy is extremely flexible and very transparent, with no hidden costs. Together with Poppy’s Funerals we feel that all of our families can now have a new confidence in an open, adaptable and variable funeral service.
 

A Complete, Simple Traditional Funeral

For those of you that would like a traditional funeral using a local funeral director which includes the use of a hearse, a limousine, four bearers and a conductor. The cost for this, not including a coffin, is £2300 (see below for prices of coffins and shrouds)

 

Poppys Funerals

A less formal option without a hearse and limousine is available using the services of Poppy’s Funerals, for a cost of £1750 including a cardboard coffin.

 

Clandon Wood Services

We can provide a simple burial for £975 (not including the coffin) which consists of:-

  • Meeting at your home or Clandon Wood to talk about the arrangements.
  • Helping to complete all the necessary documents.
  • Collecting the person who has died (within a 15 mile radius & £1.30/mile over 15miles)
  • Caring for them until the funeral.
  • Bringing them to Clandon Wood and providing staff to carry the coffin.

Our fees are kept realistic by using a modern, everyday people carrier - formal or alternative hearses can be provided at an additional cost.

 

Family Assisted Funerals

Working alongside our families, local funeral directors can be engaged in part, along with the use of their facilities, for the more delicate and practical side of collection and storage of the deceased. This enables a family to be involved in the preparations of a family assisted funeral.

“Some families want to care for and prepare the body for burial while also using the funeral directors’ facilities. This is regarded as a truly profound gift and one that can assist the grieving process and help to demonstrate the gratitude, the appreciation and the love that you have for that person’s life”.

Other families prefer to look after the deceased once they have arrived at Clandon Wood.

Whatever your family’s level of participation, the cost for individual services are listed below so that you can determine for yourself, the level of your personal involvement and the relevant cost implications of your choices.

"All of us at Clandon Wood will help and advise you to decide what is best for your family. We will facilitate whatever it is that you would like to do".

The following costs apply for any particular services that families do not want to carry out for themselves.

Collection from place of death £250
within 15 mile radius of Clandon Wood - over 15 miles @ £1.30 per mile
Looking after the body locally until the funeral (per night) £30
Dressing and preparation for burial and placing the deceased in coffin £140
Bringing to Clandon Wood                                                                 £150
within a 15 mile radius of Clandon Wood - over 15 miles @ £1.30 per mile  
Taking to a local crematorium in our vehicle £200
Hire of a formal silver or black hearse £450
Provision of bearer for carrying coffin £  50
Doctors' Fees for crematorium paperwork * - as from April 2014 £160
Crematorium Fees          Leatherhead  - services provided by Dignity PLC £845
                              Guildford - services provided by Guildfor Borough Council £735
                            Woking - services provided by London Cremation Company £731

* These costs are payable directly to the provider.

The above list is by no means exhaustive and individual prices can be agreed if any other service is required.

A New-Tradition Funeral can be arranged and carried out entirely by family and friends

It is entirely possible and within an individual’s rights to arrange and carry out all of the essential and legal obligations of a funeral without engaging a funeral director.

Employing a funeral director is not a legal requirement, however, very careful and serious consideration needs to be given to the collection and care of the deceased if a funeral director is not employed. Clandon Wood can help, advise or facilitate the families and friends who may consider this choice. Valuable information can also be found in the Natural Death Handbook from the Natural Death Centre charity and The Good Funeral Guide.

You are also free to make or source your own coffin, shroud or memorial plaque (to Clandon Wood’s specifications) and you are more than welcome to design your own funeral using the talents within your family group.

The costs are obviously dependant on family involvement as every New-Tradition funeral is different.

Examples of prices for a New Tradition Funeral- The options on the list are not exhaustive and items on it are by no means a compulsory ingredient of a funeral at Clandon Wood, so do not hesitate to discuss your individual choices.

Burial shrouds from £250
Pure cotton wrap £  50
Plain cardboard coffin £250
Imported eco-coffin £450
English willow coffin £550
Surrey Hills plain pine coffin £550
Use of The Pavilion for funeral or memorial service £300
Clandon Wood funeral service fee £300
Minister for funeral service * £160
Celebrant for family service * from £250
Pianist from £150
Horse and hay-cart for procession to grave £250
Engraved leaf memorials * from £150
Engraved tablet memorials *  from £180
Simple cardboard container for the burial of cremated remains £  30
Individually designed and hand-made urn for the burial
of cremated remains *
from £180
Memorial trees £180
Butterfly / Dove / Balloon Release * £ as required
Funeral photography * £ as required

* These costs are paid directly to the service provider

Funeral Plans

Funeral costs can only be fixed as part of a funeral plan. We have a specially tailored Funeral Plan for services at Clandon Wood which will guarantee you a funeral when it is needed, based on today’s costs.

Funerals at Clandon Wood

Funerals at Clandon Wood have always stimulated an abiding and enjoyable memory. The character and ambience of a funeral at Clandon Wood is created by those attending; it is not dictated by the schedules or agendas of others.

With a natural burial at Clandon Wood, there are no strict constraints on time – The Pavilion may be used for up to three hours. You may then spend as long as you wish at the reserve.

A funeral service can also begin from the deceased’s home or an alternative place of service and then on to the graveside.

Please note that there are no catering facilities on site and in respect of other families that visit Clandon Wood we do not accommodate wakes or funerals parties in the meadows, the woodland or The Pavilion.

Come and see us!

We encourage you to visit Clandon Wood before making any decisions to ensure that our provision will be right for you.

At Clandon Wood, all information on natural burial may be freely sought and is freely given so you are most welcome to call or request any further information at any time. By seeking advice or information you can be assured that you are not obliged to use Clandon Wood or our services.

Contact Us. It’s Easy.

We welcome your opinions and comments to enable us to continually improve what we do.

Tell us what you think about our ideas, our design or our ideals.
Do you think we’ve missed anything? Then let us know!

Email

info@clandonwood.com

Postal address

Clandon Wood Natural Burial Reserve,
Epsom Road,
West Clandon,
Guildford
Surrey
GU4 7FN (mail only)

To find us sat. navs should be set to Epsom Road, GU4 7TT

Telephone

Office: 01483 479614

Office Hours

10.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday
11.00am – 3.00pm Saturday & Sunday & Bank Holidays

Trains

Mainline connections to West Clandon station
(1 mile) from London and Guildford

Buses to West Clandon

478 GUILDFORD to LEATHERHEAD - Operated by Reptons Coaches
462 / 463 GUILDFORD to WOKING - Operated by Arriva
479 / 489 GUILDFORD to EPSOM - Operated by Excetera

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