As we enter 2018, our development plans at the Park are beginning to take shape. We want our visitors to be able to follow our journey and so, throughout the year, Founder Andrew Morton will be giving us quarterly updates about what has been achieved and what is to come over the following few months. Here, his first blog features all the details about how the vision for Norfolk Bluebell Wood Burial Park began.
From an acorn to an oak tree, the journey continues.
After purchasing the land in 2008, with a captivating 300-year-old wood full of bluebells, I was inspired to allow public access but immediately faced an obstacle in that the woodland sat in the middle of a field!
In 2010, I attended an interview panel to win a farming scholarship. Although unsuccessful, it turned my thoughts back to the Bluebell Wood and it was then that I started researching natural burials. It took me all over England to different burial grounds as well as Scotland and as far as Holland.
A planning team was then assembled to draw up a design and planning statement for submission to Broadland District Council. We needed to persuade all concerned that this was a viable use of the land and satisfy the Council that there was a justifiable need within the community; a huge challenge that, thankfully was approved by Broadland.
Following the planning approval, we spent a significant amount of time obtaining funding and sourcing contractors until eventually in August 2015 we broke ground opening the gate to our families on 7 December 2015 and selling our first pre-need plot at 11.00am the next day.
Two years later and we have added many refinements and continue to do so with the construction of the Ceremonial Hall; constantly reviewing how best to serve families that have chosen Norfolk Bluebell Wood Burial Park.
We strive to be sustainable on three levels; socially, environmentally and financially creating firm foundations and taking our time to establish and create a beautiful, tranquil haven for all the families that continue to use us now and in the future for generations to come.
I am very proud of our joint efforts and thank everyone that has been involved and continue to be involved at Norfolk Bluebell Wood and especially the families that have entrusted us with the final resting place for their loved ones.