The most commonly known places for burial are cemeteries and churchyards. If you are religious, you can ask to be buried in a churchyard, though bear in mind that some churchyards no longer have room for new burials. Most cemeteries are non-denominational, so anyone can be buried in them as long as they have a plot.
You can choose to have a natural burial in a woodland or meadow burial ground. Natural burials have risen in popularity over the last few years, with the dual benefit of being better for the environment and being laid to rest in such beautiful places. For our list of the best Green Burial sites in the UK, see the following post: Best UK Green Burial Sites
Many people don’t realise that you can choose to be buried in private land, such as your garden or the garden of a loved one. There are a few rules you must follow:
- You must have consent from the owner of the land
- You must check that there are no restrictive covenants that prohibit burial at the property
- The burial cannot take place within certain distances of specific types of water to adhere to the rules of the Environment Agency
- There must be a minimum depth between the soil level and the top of the coffin/shroud
- Planning permission is not always required, but it’s a good idea to contact your local authority just to make them aware
- The whereabouts of the grave must be recorded and included in the deeds of the property
It’s also a good idea to think of more practical matters - what if the owner wants to sell in the future? A grave in the garden may affect how much they could sell for, and if the house does get sold would family members still be able to visit the grave?
Some choose to be buried at sea, though there are only a few places in the UK where you can do this. Read more in the following blog post: Can I get Buried at Sea?
Thanks for reading. If you’d like to read more about the unusual places people have been buried, take a look at this mirror.co.uk article: Strange places people have been buried - including one of Britain's 200 pyramids