Eye Town Council Green Cemetery
A part of the Eye Town Council Cemetery (both consecrated and non consecrated land) has been designated a GreenCemetery for the burial of human remains in an environmentally friendly way.
The philosophy behind a Green Cemetery
Once a burial has taken place the grave remains “forever” in the natural setting of the cemetery and there is a return to nature in a very real sense. Thus only biodegradable coffins and caskets (wooden, natural products or cloth shroud) are allowed. Individual graves may be marked by a wooden marker which will be allowed to decay naturally. Markers may be replaced after they have decayed if so wished. No memorabilia may be placed upon graves with the exception of cut flowers (with ribbons and cellophane wrappers removed) and no vases or jars of flowers may be left on the grave although at Christmas wreaths may be placed on graves but these will be removed at twelfth night.
The GreenCemetery area will be kept in a way to encourage wild flowers and birds. Some parts may be mowed while in other parts native grasses and wild flowers will be encouraged. In the centre of the GreenCemetery it is proposed to plant a copse of native trees and shrubs both as a wildlife sanctuary and a quiet place for people to visit. If you wish you may pay for a tree in the copse to remember a relative or friend providing there is a space for a tree/shrub. No trees or shrubs may be planted on graves .A wooden marker may be placed on the tree in the copse to commemorate the gift and remember a deceased person.
An area of the Green cemetery will be set aside for the burial of ashes and cremated remains
If anyone so desires they may request a grant of burial rights to reserve a space in the Green Cemetery for a period of 50 years.
The embalming or remains of those who have been embalmed is not within the philosophy of the GreenCemetery and will only be allowed by Eye Town Council in exceptional circumstances eg. Where the relatives or friends of a service man or woman killed in action wish to have the embalmed remains buried in the GreenCemetery.
Benches made of wood are allowed in the GreenCemetery but their size and siting must be agreed with Eye Town Council
Both religious or humanist services/ceremonies may be held in the GreenCemetery. EyeTown Council advises those arranging the burial in the GreenCemetery to liaise with their funeral directors to decide the type of service/ceremony they wish to use in the GreenCemetery.
All the provisions contained in the Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977 and any other relevant statutes or statutory orders shall apply to the Green Cemetery