With an increasing decline in the availability of burial space in our local cemeteries and churchyards, the popularity of Woodland Burial is growing. We have access to three burial sites on our doorstep, each with their own unique character. With over 200 Woodland sites nationally, we can also arrange a Woodland Burial anywhere in the country. Our Dorset ‘Oak’ Funeral Plan enables you to plan and pay for your woodland burial in advance. Our selection of eco coffins will enable you to make the burial as natural as possible.

What is Woodland Burial?

Woodland or natural burial is an alternative to burial in a municipal cemetery or churchyard. Sites are usually found in an open field or an existing woodland area. Some sites are very strict in keeping the burial as natural as possible by not allowing embalming and insisting that all material used, including the deceased’s clothing items and coffin, are biodegradable.

Most Woodland Burial Grounds will allow a tree planted on or next to the grave. Wooden plaques are used to mark the graves. Generally speaking a Woodland Burial Ground will not allow any type of stone memorial.

Where are the nearest Woodland Burial Grounds?

We have 3 burial grounds in close proximity to our offices:

Ham Down Woodland Burial Ground
Bere Marsh Farm, Shillingstone DT11 8QY
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Harbour View Woodland Burial Ground
Randalls Hill, Lytchett Minster BH16 6AN
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Poole & Wimborne Burial Ground
Greenhill Road, Colehill BH21 2RG
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We also have access to Higher Ground Meadow near Dorchester and there are Woodland sections at Bournemouth North, Bridport and Poundbury cemeteries.


Our History

Over 100 years

In 1910 Frederick Charles Douch founded a funeral business. The rest is history.

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