Picnic in the burial park

A burial takes place at Respect Natural Woodland Green Burial Park.
A burial takes place at Respect Natural Woodland Green Burial Park.
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A burial ground is not the usual spot for a picnic, but that’s the place where families are invited for an event near Doncaster this weekend.

Respect Green Burial Parks are to hold a Picnic in the Park this Saturday from 6.30pm to 9pm, to introduce more people to the concept of eco burials and for families to remember those already interred there.

The event will be at the burial ground off Great North Road, near Bawtry, and visitors can bring their own picnic and see green burial products on display.

There will also be the pony and carriage which can be used to bring loved ones on their final journey to the burial park.

During the evening people will be able to stroll around the park and see for themselves why more than 200 people have already pre-booked their eternal resting places with Respect, and a new wildflower meadow will be in full bloom this weekend.

There will be a brief memorial service at 9pm on the longest day for those families with loved ones who have died, with the lighting of lanterns on 80 existing burial plots.

Visitors will be able to ask questions and break the myth that green burial is something so different.

“Green burials and eco concerns are mainstream now, and mean families can have a time-rich, unhurried, unique, personalised ceremony of their choice, enabling the funeral to be a more meaningful reflection and celebration of one’s life,” said Respect proprietor Gordon Tulley.

Colourful coffins will also be on display, alongside examples of shrouds which are made from eco-friendly bamboo material, woven and manufactured in the UK, for both humans and pets, which have built-in handles so that they are easy to carry for those who want to be involved in the funeral.