Christians Join Pagans And Humanists to Open Woodland Burial Site

May 16, 2009

Author: Polly Manser

Source: Buckinghamshire Advertiser

Leaders of 11 faiths travelled to Beaconsfield to dedicate the largest woodland burial park in the country yesterday.

Set in ancient woodlands off the A40, the £3.2 million Chilterns Woodland Burial Park at Potkiln Lane opened in October and so far around 40 people are buried there.

By the time it is full around 2000 people will have been laid to rest there, as part of a growing trend away from traditional funerals.

The service was opened by Bishop of Buckinghamshire Rev Allan Wilson who said he was struck by how much nicer it would be to attend a service in a woodland setting than in a crematorium "with terylene curtains."

Also speaking were Father Francis Higgins of St Teresa's Church Beaconsfield and Professor Ann Floyd of Jordans Quakers, along with a Rabbi from Harlow, a Hindu leader from Watford, a Pagan, a humanist, a Buddhist, and a Reverend from the Interfaith Ministry which "embraces the universal truth at the heart of all religions."