South Downs Natural Burials will continue to operate a limited service, but will not be able to offer service rooms. Restrictions also apply to those attending funerals.
Funeral attendees must be kept to an absolute minimum of immediate family only.
Please respect and adhere to these restrictions for the safety of our staff, yourself and those who are still working in the NHS and essential support services.
Site and Car Park- General Restrictions
The Sustainability Centre site and car parks remain closed to all visitors except those visiting the Natural Burials Site, Campsite, Beech Cafe and pre-booked events.
Burials Visitors Only
At present we are not able to offer lifts or any vehicle access for visitors to the burial site or those attending funerals.
All appointments must be pre-booked. Staff are not available at weekends
Natural Burial Site
Nestling under a canopy of broadleaf trees and a yew grove, our natural burial site lies in a peaceful and secluded corner of The Sustainability Centre.
It is bordered on three sides by woodland, creating a true sense of intimacy and privacy. Part of the South Downs National Park, the south side overlooks a 50-acre sheep pasture and, on a clear day, gives breathtaking views across Hampshire down to the coast.
Many families have found great comfort here, laying their loved ones to rest with natural and simple dignity.
9.00 - 4.00pm
Monday - Friday
By Appointment Only
In keeping with our ethos, each grave is dug especially by hand to minimise any impact on the flora, fauna and tranquility of the site.
Coffins and shrouds are made from fully biodegradable materials. No permanent headstones or grave-markings are used here (again, to protect the natural surroundings) but families are most welcome to plant native wild flowers.
For the burial itself, the coffin is conveyed through the grounds using a hand-drawn bier, or a horse-drawn cart. We also offer a room in which services are held, and can arrange hospitality.
Naturally, the location of each grave is meticulously plotted and recorded, and families are provided with a map.
Like the Centre, the burial site is owned by the charity Earthworks Trust.