About Sun Rising
Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground and Nature Reserve is part of the growing movement towards natural, woodland and green burial grounds around Britain.
As a natural burial ground, however, Sun Rising is very special: we are not burying in established woodland, or preserving grazing land as some other green burial grounds do; we are creating a nature reserve. It takes time, developing not just through sensitive planting and careful management, but with each and every person who is buried there.
Our aim is to establish a haven of natural beauty and serenity that allows us the peace to grieve and heal, yet also where the natural landscape is nurtured, creating an ecologically-rich and wholly protected environment for native trees, plants and wildlife to thrive. You may wish to explore our growing collection of photographs in our online Gallery.
Both coffins and cremated remains can be interred, but there are no rows of headstones. There is no sense of a crowd. Instead, grassy paths meander through meadows of wild flowers and copses of growing native trees, creating an informal ease and calm. An occasional bench offers a place to stop, rest and reflect. You may simply wish to sit and watch the seasons turn, the trees come into leaf, and the flowers returning once again. It is not only a place of peace. It is an extraordinary memorial to those who have gone before us and a remarkable gift for our children, their children, their grandchildren.