‘Green’ funerals have become increasingly popular over the last few years. People have many different reasons for choosing a Green funeral. For some the motivation is ecological; a desire to leave as little impression on the environment or to consume as little energy as possible. For others, their reasons may be religious or spiritual, or purely the desire to be buried in beautiful natural surroundings. Whatever your reasons for considering a Green funeral we can help.

‘Green’ funerals mean different things to different people. For some, it is as simple as a coffin made of easily biodegradable material; to others it means burial in a natural burial ground with no external memorial. Whatever you are considering please get in touch and we will be able to give you all the help and advice you need. We are affiliated to the AGFD (association of Green Funeral Directors) and comply fully with their code of conduct. This means that our funeral directors are fully aware of suppliers of environmentally friendly coffins, and have a full working knowledge of all the natural burial grounds in the area. We can also give advice on other aspects which may be of interest such as floral tributes and memorials suitable for some natural burial grounds (some do not allow flowers or memorials at all). We can even give you advice if you wish to be buried with your pet.

We can supply a wide range of environmentally friendly coffins  and cremated remains urns and caskets. We can also supply biodegradable containers suitable for burying cremated remains in a natural burial ground or placing them in the sea or a river. We also work together with Golden Leaves to provide a ‘green’ pre-paid funeral plan, fully accredited by the Association of Green funeral Directors.

We work with three natural burial grounds in the local area.

  • The Durham Woodland Burial TrustLocated on the same grounds as the crematorium and cemetery in Durham, the Durham Woodland Burial Trust is a co-operative with outstanding ecological credentials. There is a celebration space available and the land will be managed as a permanent woodland site.
  • Blue House Woodland Burials is situated 10 minutes from Hartlepool. It is registered with the Natural Death Centreand is committed to providing an ethical, affordable and personal service.
  • Tarn Moor Memorial Woodland in Skipton, North Yorkshire, is set in a conservation area managed to maintain a wide range of habitats for wildlife and has provision for the burial of pets. An adjoining memorial area has provision for the names of those laid to rest there to be engraved.

Please feel free to get in touch with us to discuss any aspect of planning or arranging a ‘Green’ funeral. Our advice is free.