Tavistock Town Council has been providing the increasingly popular green burial service at our Plymouth Road Cemetery since 1999, with the first burial taking place in January of that year. The concept of a green burial meadow is to provide a peaceful resting place in a manner which is friendly towards nature, wildlife and the environment.
Our meadow allows for remains to be interred in consecrated land using biodegradable materials such as a cardboard or wicker coffin. The burial is simple with the area being left much as nature intended without headstones or clearly marked out graves. There are two oak trees which have been planted to mark the entrance to the site and a dry stone wall to define the site from the main Cemetery, giving the appearance of natural meadowland. All graves are marked with a small disk and are individually numbered which allows our Cemetery Administrator to keep a plan of the area, to enable family and friends to locate where their loved ones are laid to rest.
As many families these days now move around and are not always based in the same area this can cause problems with grave maintenance. Our green burial meadow requires no regular maintenance from family and friends to secure an everlasting dignified place of rest as nature takes over. The grass is mowed around twice a year, as required, to encourage and protect the local wildlife and is left as meadowland providing a natural peaceful place to pay your respects.
Those who choose a meadow burial will be contributing towards creating a haven for wildflowers, insects, birds and mammals.
There is a Book of Remembrance located in the Cemetery Waiting Room to allow a memorial to be recorded; alternatively you may like to consider providing a wooden seat with memorial plaque to commemorate a loved one. If you would like to have a memorial arranged, please contact the Cemetery Administrator. More information on memorial benches can be found here.
For more information on green burials please Contact Us.
Please also read our Green Burial Policy.
Wildflower Planting Event
As part of our on-going commitment in creating a Wildflower Burial Meadow, we will be holding a Wildflower Planting Event on Thursday 6th April from 10am onwards. Last Autumns sowing of the Yellow Rattle seed was a great success, helped by the lovely weather and of course the wonderful volunteers who gave their time, the turnout certainly surpassed all our expectations! We are starting to see the results from the autumn sowing with small seedlings of Yellow Rattle emerging.
If anyone would like to volunteer their time for this years Wildflower Planting Event please do let the Cemetery Administrator know. We look forward to seeing you there!