News at The Willows
Here at The Willows we aim to foster a lasting relationship with the families who have relatives or friends buried at our natural burial ground. We will update this page with upcoming dates and information.
Tree and Bulb Planting Weekend
We will be holding our annual tree and bulb planting weekend at The Willows, on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November 2023, 10-3pm. We will be on hand to help families plant their selected tree or you may wish to buy a packet of bluebell, snowdrop or daffodil bulbs from us, which you (or we) can plant. Also, as part of our guarantee policy, we will be replacing (once only free of charge), any trees that have failed within 3 years of planting.
The cost of the bluebells, snowdrop or daffodil bulbs are £5.00 per bag, there are 15 bulbs per bag and they will be on sale over the tree and bulb planting weekend. These are Native British bulbs which we buy from a UK grower and supplier, in keeping with our ethos.
We will be serving tea, coffee and cakes. Unfortunately, due to spiralling costs, we will be making a small charge for them, but any profits made will be donated to a local charity.
It is Remembrance Sunday on the 12th, and as usual, we will be holding a 2-minute silence on that day at 11am. If you would like to join us, we will be gathering around the central willow tree.
Planting and Memorabilia
Unfortunately, we have recently had to remove items from graves that are not in keeping with the ethos of the site. Our rules and regulations clearly state:
‘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, photographs and receptacles for holding plants or flowers’ 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 and it pains us to do so, 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. When bringing things to place on your loved one’s grave please think, other than cut flowers which are permitted, would I find it in a natural woodland or wild flower meadow? If not, then it does not belong at The Willows.