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Planting Rules and Regulations 

The Willows is a natural burial ground which supports flourishing wildflower meadows and woodland. Although the planting of native British bulbs and wildflower is permitted, graves should not be individually marked in order to create a place of natural beauty throughout the site. 

Here at The Willows we are creating a flourishing natural British woodland for people to enjoy now, and in the future. Trees planted at The Willows Natural Burial Ground must be purchased from us. Please find a list of native British trees at the bottom of this page. 


The planting of flowers or shrubs is discouraged as it prevents the regeneration of our natural landscape. If you do wish to plant Natural British wildflowers please ensure that the plants you purchase are WILD FLOWER bulbs and plugs and NOT garden varieties. 


As the graves settle a certain amount of top filling will take place, for this reason planting is not recommended until at least six months after burial. Further topping up of graves may be required over the years and the survival of any plants cannot be guaranteed. 

To enable the burial ground to evolve into natural wildflower meadow and woodland your help is critical in maintaining these guidelines. Please plant randomly avoiding the creation of gardens and the demarcation of plots.


We welcome any and all communication before planting to clarify regulations. 

The Willows Natural Burial Grounds Ltd reserves the right to remove any plants judged not to be Native British Wildflowers. 





Wildflower Seed Native to the UK:

English Bluebell

Wild Primroses    (wild vulgaris)  


Field poppy    

Meadow crane’s bill (hardy wild geranium) 

Wild daffodil 


Wood anemone 

Cyclamen (hardy variety) 


Field scabious



Oxeye daisy

Lesser Celandine

Sweet woodruff

Red Campion

Trees Native to the UK:

1.  Scots Pine - Pinus sylvestris

2.  Bay Willow - Salix Pentandra

3.  Alder - Alnus glutinosa

4.  Hazel - Corylus avellana

5.  Small Leaved Lime - Tilia cordata

6.  Bird Cherry - Prunus padus

7.  Goat Willow - Salix caprea

8.  Rowan Mountain Ash - Sorbus aucuparia

9. Sessile Oak - Quercus petraea

10. Juniper - Juniperus communis

11. Downy Birch - Betula pubescens

12. Silver Birch - Betula pendula

13. Aspen - Populus tremula

14. Holly - Ilex aquifolium

15. Common or Pedunculate Oak - Quercus robur

16. Hawthorn - Crataegus monogyna

17. Crack Willow - Salix fragilis

19. Black Poplar - Populus nigra

19. Whitebeam - Sorbus aria

20. Midland Hawthorn - Crataegus leavigata

21. Crab Apple - Malus sylvestris

22. Wild or Gean Cherry - Prunus avium

23. White Willow - Salix alba

24. Field Maple - Acer campestre

25. Wild Service Tree - Sorbus torminalis

26. Large Leaved Lime - Tilia platyphyllos

27. Beech - Fagus sylvatica

28. Hornbeam - Carpinus betulus

Information about ARRANGEMENTS


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