At the turn of the 21st century, there was just one green burial ground in the UK. Today, there are over 270, and the cost of green burial is one contributing factor to its increase in popularity. With city cemeteries being over-full, and people option against cremation as it is damaging to the environment, green burial is becoming the option that two thirds of Brits are opting for. A plot for green burial can vary greatly, and can be as little as £500 or more than £3000.
Due to the rising popularity of green burial, there is more and more demand each year for green burial grounds. This can be seen as a contributing factor to the high price tag attached to the most popular areas or burial grounds. With the majority of British residents preferring a green burial, every town or village needs its own eco-friendly burial ground. This can be seen as a great way for farmers to diversify, providing affordable options to those looking for green burial close to home.
Green burial grounds in the UK have to comply with certain standards. There is however a wide range of burial grounds available, some being run by local authorities alongside their traditional cemetery options. Other are family run, some run as small businesses with a handful of employees, the remainder being owned by larger corporate companies.
The best natural grounds for burial are those that will preserve and conserve the flora and fauna around, and that will have a minimal impact on the environment. Coffins should be made from biodegradable materials, and embalming with harmful chemicals should also be avoided.
The size of a green burial ground can also vary greatly, the smallest feasible size being around half an acre. If you are looking into creating your own green burial ground, you will need a straightforward access, as well as adequate parking and turning space on site for cars to exit without danger. Many farmers are converting redundant building into halls where a funeral ceremony can be held.
The type of earth is very important when choosing a green burial ground site. The topsoil must not be sandy, and the water table must be at least three metres underground. Green burial sites must be at least 250 metres away from any known sources of drinking water, and 50m away from wells or boreholes.
Green burial is not necessarily a cheaper option than a traditional burial or cremation in the UK. It is however what more and more people are asking for and writing in their last will and testament. With popularity surging, dilapidated farm building are being converted into beautiful building used for performing funeral ceremonies, as green burial grounds start to appear in all towns and even smaller villages, in and around the UK.