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The Willows Natural Burial Ground

Newsletter No. 12

 

 

Tree and Bulb Planting Weekend

Our annual tree and bulb planting weekend held on the weekend of 11th and 12th November, was very well attended. Over 50 people joined us for 2minutes silence around the central Willow tree at 11am on Remembrance Sunday. This year, because of everyone’s kind donations for the tea and cakes, we manged to raise £200 for Rainbows Children’s Hospice in Loughborough. Thank you so much to everyone who donated and attended the weekend. It was, as always, a pleasure to see so many families.

 

 

Planting and Memorabilia

We have now removed all of the Christmas wreaths and planting. Can we respectfully remind you that we only allow decorations and other memorabilia at Christmas time, after this time our regulations remain as follows:

‘The Willows Natural Burial Grounds Ltd will remove any objects placed in the burial ground judged to be inappropriate to the purpose of a natural burial site. These objects include (but are not limited to) artificial flowers and plants, plastic ornaments, toys and photographs’. Also some of the planting on the graves are not native British plants. Please, if you would like to plant any bulbs, seeds or plants make sure they are native British plants. We will remove any plants that are not. If you are in any doubt about what is permitted at the site please do not hesitate to contact us or have a look at our planting section on the web-site.’

We do hate to remove any items placed on graves, but we must maintain the ethos of our site. It is a Natural Burial Ground and one which we intend to keep as a lasting natural tribute to loved ones.

 

 

Conditions on Site

 

As you can imagine with the recent inclement weather The Willows site, in places, is very wet and boggy. Please be careful as you walk around the site and bring your wellies! 

Open Picnic Weekend 

Thank you to everyone who turned up for our Picnic Weekend. It is always nice to catch up with you all. Once again due to your kind donations for tea and cakes, we have raised £160 for Rainbows our local Children’s Hospice.

 

Planting and Memorabilia

We have noticed that some graves have decorations and other memorabilia left on them. Can we respectfully remind you of our regulations; ‘The Willows Natural Burial Grounds Ltd will remove any objects placed in the burial ground judged to be inappropriate to the purpose of a natural burial site. These objects include (but are not limited to) artificial flowers and plants, plastic ornaments, toys and photographs’. Also some of the planting on the graves are not native British plants. Please, if you would like to plant any bulbs, seeds or plants make sure they are native British plants. We will remove any plants that are not. If you are in any doubt about what is permitted at the site please do not hesitate to contact us. 

 

Grass Cutting

Our annual grass cutting and baling will soon be taking place. So please be careful when walking around the site. As you may be aware the reason we do cut the grass is to encourage the growth of Wild Flowers in our meadow for next season.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you whilst it is in progress.

 

Tree and Bulb Planting Weekend

Our annual tree and bulb planting weekend, will be held on the weekend of 12th and 13th November, 10am to 3pm. You will be able to purchase native British bulbs for planting and also we will be planting pre-ordered trees. We will also be holding a 2 minutes silence on Sunday 13th November at 11am. As usual we will be serving free tea, coffee and homemade cakes. 

Opening times over Christmas

Christmas Day 9 – 3pm

Boxing Day 9 – 3pm

Christmas wreaths and planting

We realise that over the Christmas period people like to remember their loved ones with colourful wreaths, ornaments and planting.  We are happy for you to place any of these items around The Willows site but we would ask that they be removed by 11th January 2015.

If you are in any doubt about what is permitted, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Wishing you a peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Chris, Jenny, Jacob and Jodie
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