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Natural Burials

With stunning views of the River Dart and across the South Hams Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground offers an ecological alternative to traditional burial or cremation and is open to all - regardless of faith or local residency, whether you are using a funeral director or not, having a religious ceremony, a secular ceremony, or no ceremony at all.

The motto within the Fire Circle at Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground

It differs in feel and practice from a traditional churchyard or a municipal cemetery. Ashes can be interred here as well as burials.

The site is run in accordance with the guidelines created by The Association of Natural Burial Grounds. Sharpham Meadow is a member of the Association of Natural Burial Grounds, supporting the Natural Death Centre, the charity that was at the heart of establishing the concept of natural burial. Click here to see our listing.


Visiting the site

A rainbow over the Fire Circle at Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground

The site is open and you can visit anytime in daylight hours.

If you would like to be shown around and discuss things then contact the site managers:

Claire & Rupert Callender
Telephone: 01803 863923
Email: [email protected]


Finding a Funeral Director

You can use any Funeral Director to arrange burials at Sharpham Meadow.

Once you have selected a Funeral Director they will make all the arrangements according to your needs.

The site managers Claire & Rupert Callender are also Funeral Directors and you may choose to use them if you wish but you are not obliged to do so.


Organising a Ceremony or Celebration

Sharpham House - a Georgian Palladian villa nearby - is available for the funeral service or wake.

There are a range of rooms and options available depending on your needs.

Find out more information about using Sharpham House by speaking to Louisa Potter, Programme Administrator, on 01803 732542 or by emailing [email protected]

Ceremonies take place at Sharpham House


The meadow was created in 2013 by the Sharpham Trust which is the charity that looks after the 550-acre Sharpham Estate. Any income generated from the burial ground goes towards covering the costs of running the site and the Trust's other charitable activities.

Natural Burials

The meadow is located at the top of the Estate with stunning views down the River Dart and across the South Hams Area of Outstanding Natural beauty. As it is owned by the Trust the site will be protected in perpetuity.

A ceremonial building has been constructed at the meadow built using natural materials with cob walls and a green sedum roof. The building is there to be used by families and friends visiting the meadow. There is also a compost toilet nearby.

The Fire Circle at Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground on the Sharpham Estate

In June 2015, the Fire Circle was unveiled - a surround for the fire around which mourners and families can gather and be seated, perhaps lighting candles, meditating, or leaving flowers or messages to the dead. The artwork was the result of our Artist in Residence programme and you can read more about the Fire Circle and see pictures and a video of the ceremony by clicking here.


Both The Sharpham Trust, who own the Meadow, and Rupert and Claire Callender, who manage it, want to create an inclusive and beautiful place in which to remember our dead.

To safeguard these distinctive qualities we have set out the following terms and conditions of use.


Read about Sharpham Meadow in More to Death - the magazine of the Natural Death Charity. Our feature's on page 30:

 

 

Click here to read more about our coverage in More to Death magazine


See this mini-documentary (9 minutes) of the construction of our Ceremonial Building at Sharpham Meadow, filmed by Bill Ryley: