Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground Open Day
Saturday 18 May - 11.00am onwards
Visit and find out more about our breathtakingly-beautiful natural burial ground on this Open Day.
With stunning views of the River Dart, Dartmoor and the sea, across the South Hams Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground offers an ecological alternative to traditional burial or cremation.
The burial ground, just outside Totnes, is always open, but on this day Sharpham Trust staff will be on hand for the first two hours to offer information and to answer questions about Sharpham Meadow.
Read on for more details on this event and click the Schedules and Venue & Directions tabs above for further information.
This day is part of Dying Matters awareness week 2019
This day is for you if you are:
- Interested in finding out how to reserve a burial or an ashes burial plot
- Exploring alternative funeral ideas
- Funeral directors and businesses who may be unfamiliar with Sharpham Meadow
A beautiful site with incredible vistas
Sharpham Meadow is unique in the South West as an eco-burial site because it is not a woodland and there are no trees.
The site is cared for as a hay meadow, hence the grass is allowed to grow long and cut periodically.
This allows flora and fauna to flourish there – including skylarks, hares and wild flowers.
Only simple flat headstones are permitted and no other memorial items or plantings are allowed.
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.
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 Ancestors’ Fire circle is an artwork created by former Sharpham Trust artist-in-residence Robin Lacey and is a feature of the site.
He created 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.
Mindfulness in nature at Sharpham
When you experience Sharpham's inspiring and nourishing environment, we hope you'll connect spiritually with the natural world, so you’ll:
- become aware of how we are all part of nature - not artificially separate from it
- pay attention to and appreciate the natural world surrounding us
- explore nature through your senses and your natural creativity
- Tread more lightly on our finite planet, developing a respect and reverence for all living things
Click here to read our ethos and principles
Thank you for your sensitivity in creating such a calm and peaceful place"
Saturday 18 May - 11.00am onwards
You’re invited to come in time for the information talk and stay for as long as you like.
Or if you can’t make the talk, the site is open all day (and night) for you to visit when it’s convenient.
|Sharpham Meadow Open Day|
|11.00am - arrival|
|11.15pm – Short talk and questions|
|11.30am onwards – your own exploration of the Burial Ground|
|1.00pm – Sharpham Trust staff leave the site|
It was so beautiful there yesterday when I went to visit my dad. Such a special place"
Our time at the burial ground is always moving: one day majestic, misty and windswept, another quiet and tranquil. Dad would have loved it here.”
The site is so beautiful, the wild flowers and the vista, so we have gone away with a complete calm image of [our relative’s] viewpoint.”
So pleased we chose this beautiful resting place...”
The peace and beauty of the landscape at Sharpham Meadow was an oasis of calm in our storm”
The energy of the special ground filled my body and it was such a special feeling and memory that will stay with me forever...Thank you for your sensitivity in creating such a calm and peaceful place”
Meet in the Ceremonial Building at Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground.
Click here for details of the location of Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground on this website.
We are 3 miles from Totnes – famous for its Transition Town movement
We are in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
We are sorry but we do not allow dogs (except for guide dogs)
There is no need to book and there is no cost for this Open Day, although there will be opportunities at the event to donate to the work of The Trust.
There is no need to book and there is no cost for this Open Day. Find out more:
- by phoning 01803 732542
- or by emailing us on [email protected]