Ham Down Woodland

Burial Ground
Bere Marsh Farm
Shillingstone
Dorset
DT11 OQY

For further information about the Ham Down Burial ground, please call: Dave Pike on 07973 120903 
(affiliated with Peter Jackson Funeral Services Henstridge)


Names and Addresses of Local Clergy

The Church of England - The Okeford Benefice
Priest-in-Charge: Revd Lydia Cook 01258 863774

The Roman Catholic Church
Revd Michael Budge,
The Presbytery, Old Mill Lane, Marnhull, Sturminster Newton, Dorset.
Tel: 01258 820388.

The Natural Death Centre

The Natural Death Centre is a charitable project launched in Britain in 1991. It aims to support those dying at home and their carers, and to help people arrange inexpensive, family-organised, and environmentally-friendly funerals. It has a more general aim to helping to improve the quality of dying.

In 1994 The Natural Death Centre launched the Association of Natural Burial Grounds to assist the growing movement of farmers, local authorities, wildlife charities and others who wished to establish Natural (also known as woodland and green) Burial Grounds, often with commemorative trees instead headstones. Ham Down Woodland Burial Ground is a member of the association and follows their Code of Practice

The Natural Death Handbook this comprehensive guide to Natural Burial is an invaluable help when planning a funeral, covering such subjects such as where to source the right biodegradable coffin, whether to organise the funeral with or without a funeral director, financial and other preparations for one's own death, writing a Will, probate, bereavement resources etc.

Completely revised and expanded into a boxed set of three books, the new Handbook not only provides updated insight into the hidden world of dying and death, but also includes a compelling and ground breaking book of essays on the subject by some of the best writers in the field. The trilogy is completed by the latest directory of recommended funeral directors and natural burial grounds in the UK. It can be ordered online or over the phone.

The Natural Death Centre
In The Hill House, Watley Lane, Twyford, Winchester SO21 1QX.
Tel 01962 712690 www.naturaldeath.org.uk