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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

The Meadow 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 cared for as a hay meadow, hence the grass is allowed to grow long and cut periodically. Only simple flat headstones are permitted and no other memorial items or plantings are allowed.

 

The energy of the special ground filled my body and it was such a special feeling and memory that will stay with me forever

 

Visiting and Finding Out More Information

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

The site is open daily and you can visit anytime in daylight hours. There is a compost toilet.


Click here to browse our terms and conditions, our prices and to find application forms


Finding a Funeral Director

You can use any Funeral Director to arrange burials at Sharpham Meadow. Click here to see a list (not exhaustive)

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

Ceremonies take place at Sharpham House

Organising a ceremony or celebration

Sharpham House - a Georgian Palladian villa nearby - has limited availability for a 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 our Programme Administrator on 01803 732542 or by emailing [email protected]

Natural Burials

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.

The meadow is at the top of the Estate with stunning views down the River Dart and across the South Devon 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.

 

Thank you for your sensitivity in creating such a calm and peaceful place

 

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:

If you would like to know more about the information on this page, please contact:

Name: Burial Ground Administrator
Email: [email protected]