Richard, Sarah, Tom, Amy and baby Sam moved to Busnant Farm in 2007 which was a huge challenge to restore. We started with our own flock of sheep and pigs, and soon had a selection of poultry. We are pretty near self-sufficient now, eating mainly our own meat, poultry and eggs. We have a large vegetable patch and a freshly re-planted orchard, which is run organically. The whole farm uses very limited chemicals and we avoid fertilizers, hence we have lots of wildlife, especially hedgehogs.
Not long after we moved to Busnant Farm, Richard's mum sadly died. Her wish many years before was to have a natural burial. It was a very sad time for us as a family, but she had her wish. We found attending her funeral was such an uplifting experience and it sowed the seed in our minds to create our own natural burial ground.
In 2014, after restoring our home, we started to take the idea seriously, discussing our ideas with all our neighbours and many friends. We received overwhelming support and so much enthusiasm from our community, neighbours and many great friends. In January 2017, we opened Hay Meadow Burial Ground, initially only offering meadow burials. However, we had a vision to create 'Busnant Wood' and be able to offer woodland burials as well. We were granted planning permission to expand the burial ground in April 2018, developing the site as it stands today.
We are available to help you arrange a burial, or purchase a plot in advance. In either circumstance, please phone us to discuss arrangements and to book a visit, at which time you can select a plot. We do not provide a funeral director service. Most families employ a funeral director to assist them when faced with organising a funeral, however some families may prefer to deal with the arrangements themselves without an undertaker. If you wish to do this, we will support and guide you.
There are no time limits for services here, we do not want you to feel rushed or hurried.
We welcome people of all faiths and beliefs. There are no fixed rules or format to be followed. Some families choose to hold a ceremony at the graveside; some arrive for the burial after attending a service in church or at another venue; sometimes there is no ceremony at all and the coffin is simply brought to the burial ground and interred.
You should organise whatever is right for you, or satisfies the wishes of the deceased. There are no set rules or procedure to follow in which things should be done.