Green Funeral

A green burial is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional burials and cremation. It usually takes place in a natural or woodland burial ground, or in a designated  area within a conventional cemetery. There are many natural/woodland burial sites in Scotland.  

A biodegradable coffin or casket is used, which should be made from natural or sustainable materials such as wicker, willow, bamboo, banana leaf, cardboard or wool.

Not all natural/woodland burial sites will permit the grave to be marked with a headstone – some will identify the grave by a tree or flowers to ensure it is indistinguishable from the natural surroundings. Many natural or woodland burial grounds will however supply a map so the family may visit the site of their loved one.  Those that do not provide maps advise families to treat the whole woodland as a memorial to their loved one. 

Further Information

Arranging a Green Burial

At Porteous Family Funeral Directors, we can help you arrange the perfect natural, environmentally friendly, green funeral.

Our professionally trained staff will guide and advise you and we will ensure that all aspects of the burial meet the relevant ecological requirements.

The Funeral Service

If you wish to hold the service at the natural burial ground, some  sites may have a ceremony building which can be hired. Alternatively, you can opt to have a service elsewhere, for example in a church or in the funeral directors’ premises. If you require a simple, no fuss, service, a graveside committal might be more suitable. Whatever you decide, we will work with you and the minister or celebrant to help personalise the service or help you arrange an intimate, family-led service.

How much does a green burial cost?

A burial plot at a natural burial ground can start from a few hundred pounds to several thousand pounds, depending on the site you choose and where you live in the UK.

Be aware that in addition to the cost of buying the burial plot, you may need to pay a grave digging or interment fee. Porteous Family Funeral Directors will talk you through all the costs involved in arranging a natural burial.

Remember that the overall cost of the funeral will depend on what other options you choose, such as floral tributes, catering, press notices, funeral transport, celebrant fees and much more.

If you are considering a green burial for your loved one, speak to us for more information.

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