Sun Rising
Natural Burial Ground and Nature Reserve
01295 688488


At Sun Rising we offer the option of interring ashes at Sun Rising. Even after a cremation, having a place where ashes are buried means family and friends have somewhere they can visit their loved one, to sit and talk, to reflect and find healing in nature's tranquility. Wild Cherry at Sun RisingAs with coffin burial, it is possible to inter ashes in meadow or woodland plots.

Some families make arrangements to inter ashes through a funeral director, but it is also possible to do it directly with us.

The next step is to visit the burial ground, or to call us and make an arrangement to meet there, where we talk through what you are looking for. We are flexible and willing to meet any time, seven days a week, during daylight hours. Let us help.

Burial or Cremation?

As an environmentally-aware organisation, we will always encourage burial instead of cremation. Cremation uses a huge amount of fossil fuel and adds to environmental pollution. Furthermore, crematoria can feel bare and institutional, leading to higher funeral costs as families spend more to make the event special. There is usually a funeral before or another queueing to come in after: it can feel very much like a production line.

If you are looking for a funeral that makes the most sense for a nature-lover, for someone who strived to be eco-friendly, recycling and caring for the natural world, you may be interested in our Sustainability Choices Chart. This gives guidance so you can make decisions that are best for the environment.

However, whether for religious or emotional reasons, some still prefer to be cremated. If you are looking for someone to arrange a cremation, you will need to go to a funeral director. If you'd like to inter ashes after the cremation, get in touch.

Please note: the scattering of ashes is strictly prohibited at Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground.

This is because we are creating a nature reserve: ashes are terribly polluting. Ashes alter the fertility and pH of the soil, killing the beautiful native wildflowers, and encouraging the growth of what are thought of as weeds, such as stinging nettles.