What can you put on a grave site in Boduan Sanctuary Wood?
Those whose loved ones are buried in Boduan Sanctuary Wood, or who have chosen the wood for their own future burial, make that choice because it is natural woodland. This means that we must maintain its woodland character; it must not be turned into something that looks like a cemetery or a garden. As a multi-faith burial site, we do not allow religious symbols that can be seen by visitors to the wood. And it is important that the trees and wild flowers in the wood are protected – as far as possible – against disease or cross-pollination with non-native varieties.
For these reasons, we have to be strict about what you can bring into the wood and put on graves and pre-booked plots.
Always check with us before you bring anything to the wood.
The following are permitted with prior consent
- A small memorial made from local stone or wood.
- Flowers, ferns and trees from our plant nursery in Boduan Sanctuary Wood.
- Cut flowers without plastic wrapping.
The following are NOT permitted and will be removed
- Brightly painted or polished stones, metal or plastic plaques or objects which are not in keeping with the woodland environment will be removed by the Trustees.
- Plants from garden centres and shops will be removed.
- Cut flowers in plastic wrapping will be removed.
- All other objects (such as vases) that are left in the wood may be removed.
Please do not mark the outline of the grave, for example by surrounding it with stones.
Planting Wild Flowers
If you want to plant wild flowers, please talk to us about the source of the plants. We reserve the right to remove plants which appear not to be native and which may have been bought from garden centres, both because they are not appropriate to natural woodland, and because such plants can carry diseases which threaten trees.
Thank you for your co-operation, we do appreciate it.
The Board of Trustees.