A History of Sun Rising Nature Reserve Burial Ground
What Inspired Us In The Beginning? Many people ask what motivated us to start a nature reserve burial ground. The idea began when we decided to create a business that aimed to be 100% ethical, yet entirely viable and professionally run. That meant offering a product that everyone needed, that was wholly affordable, and that was beneficial to the local community and the environment.
Finding The Site : Sun Rising had been an agricultural field for generations. For the ten years before we found it, it had been in 'set aside', growing ryegrass and clover for hay. Immediately we saw it, we knew it was the perfect place: the Cotswold escarpment rising behind and the view over the Warwickshire plains stretching out ahead, held by hedgerows of ash, hawthorn, blackthorn, young elm and wild rose. It was accessible from the nearby road, but still very quiet.
Opening : In early 2006 we went through the process of gaining planning permission. Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground opened in the summer of 2006, with our first burial taking place in early July that year.
Development : Since opening, we have laid some tracks and paths, put in the car parks and gates, erected the Roundhouse, built the war memorial, the cabin, created the pond, and planted many hundreds of trees. It is a long project - and every individual buried at the site, every family who plants a tree or bulbs, every handful of wildflower seed scattered, every memorial plaque, contributes to the process of creating the peace, serenity, sanctity and ecological importance of Sun Rising.