Your chance to Rest In Peace with your pet. . .

Forever friends: Alison Finch, left, a partner in Respect Green Burial Park, Bawtry, is pictured with Shaun Varley, fourth left, manager Co-op Funeralcare in Doncaster, at the burial site; also pictured are, Co-op Funeralcare staff, from left, Graham Corby, Jacqui Clifford and Claire Carrolan.                      Picture: Steve Taylor
Forever friends: Alison Finch, left, a partner in Respect Green Burial Park, Bawtry, is pictured with Shaun Varley, fourth left, manager Co-op Funeralcare in Doncaster, at the burial site; also pictured are, Co-op Funeralcare staff, from left, Graham Corby, Jacqui Clifford and Claire Carrolan. Picture: Steve Taylor
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It’S the chance to lie alongside your pet for all eternity.

Owners of a new green burial park in Bawtry hope animal lovers will show their love for their pet by being buried next to them.

The site is the second burial park to be opened in South Yorkshire by an organisation called Respect.

The plan to have burials using what they see as more environmentally friendly coffins made of materials such as basket or bamboo.

Spokesman Gordon Ulley said: “The second park for Respect Green Burial Parks, this park is unique as it has two separate sections - one for humans and a separate section for both humans and their beloved pets together.

“People have a real affinity and appreciation for their pets. People who are on their own for whatever reason sometimes really focus on their pet. They are totally loyal and undemanding. It doesn’t surprise me at all people want to be buried with them.

“We’ve had an enquiry from someone who wants to be buried with a donkey and a horse, although it is usually cats, parakeets and dogs.”

Another advance booking has already been received from a woman from Retford who wants to be buried with her four pets.

Mr Tulley, a former business man from Bessacarr, ran a successful manufacturing group Intro and Add-itt Franchising in Doncaster for 20 years before working in burials. He said: “This is the first ever truly Natural Woodland Green Burial Park serving Doncaster and Yorkshire.

“We are fully licensed by the Environment Agency and Animal Health to bury pets and humans together.

“Our team have gained accredited NVQ qualifications in all aspects of cemetery management and we offer two distinctly different areas for burial, one as a final resting place for just humans and a togetherness section for both humans and their beloved pets to be buried together.” The burials at the side will not be with headstones - those using the site will be encouraged to plant a tree instead.

Eco-friendly coffins and urns are already available in Bawtry, with funeral directors Pinder and Sons stocking up.

Funeral director John Pinder said: “It is something that people are looking at a little bit more towards.

“The demand isn’t huge yet but we have been providing ecological coffins and urns for about seven or eight years.”