What makes a natural burial unique?
A natural burial – whether a burial, ash interment or ash scattering – is a choice for you and your loved one to leave a positive, living legacy that celebrates a person’s life in the beautiful surroundings of Norfolk Bluebell Wood. Every person’s funeral should be a unique experience reflecting the individual.
Funerals at Norfolk Bluebell Wood can be led by the family, a member of clergy, a celebrant or humanist. The choice is very much yours and you will be free to plan and conduct your ceremony in a relaxed, dignified manner. Families are free to wander around the Park. Some choose to have the interment before the service, some after. Some people have an unwitnessed scattering and attend a service later. Some take the time to speak to their loved one at the graveside.
The award winning Cedar Hall is available offering a flexible space for both small and large services before or after an interment.
Many of our visitors comment on how relaxed and unhurried they found the experience. We allow at least two hours, giving you ample time to make the most of the ceremony.
A calm place for reflection
Each of our four habitats offer the perfect place for quiet reflection. We encourage visitors to come at any time, and you will find many beautiful spots to explore as you come to pay your respects. We benefit from excellent access from Norwich, situated off the A140 (Norwich to Cromer road) and within easy reach of the north Norfolk coast.
Free from the noise of busy roads, roundabouts and day-to-day life, visitors will be greeted by the sound of bird song and the gentle rustle of grasses in the Wildflower Meadow. Exploring the Bluebell Wood you will find the soft blanket of leaves and mosses creates a wonderfully hushed environment, bringing a stillness and tranquillity that is unparalleled in other resting places. This is a truly unique setting that is a joy and comfort to visit.
Natural burials and the environment
Natural burials are a wonderful way to honour someone’s life. The calm, tranquil landscape of the Norfolk countryside is a beautiful final resting place, and we welcome people of all faiths and denominations or none. We are all increasingly aware of our impact on the environment and wish to be as careful in choosing our final resting place as we are in our day to day lives.
Norfolk Bluebell Wood is a thriving ecosystem that is carefully managed to protect this biodiversity far into the future. We are actively planting new woodland habitats for the next generation to enjoy. By choosing a natural burial, you and your loved ones are helping to preserve a piece of Norfolk countryside that will be a thriving oasis of wildlife – now and for future generations.
For that reason, we place some restrictions on the types of coffin that can be used. All coffins and shrouds must be biodegradable with no oil-based products. Our aim is to create an environmentally sustainable ecosystem where new life arises from the old. Memorials are restricted to oak plaques, or in some locations stone markers. We also ask our visitors not to plant within the different habitats as the planting scheme has been carefully planned to support some of the rare fauna that thrive within the Park. Explore Our Habitats to see what flora and fauna can be found in each of these areas.