Welsh slate plaques can be made and mounted within the memorial frame at Henley. If you would like one made please go to our forms and prices page and download a Memorial Application form and send it to us.
Memorial rights are granted for the display of a memorial plaque in the frame. Rights last for a period of 25 years after which they are renewable. The renewal of memorial rights in the future will provide an important contribution to the upkeep of the frame and other maintenance at the burial ground after income from the sale of rights of burial has ceased.
Plants at the burial ground
In order to conserve the natural habitat and protect bereaved families nothing should be planted and no seeds should be scattered without our consent.
We will give consent to locally sourced plant species that are native to the immediate surroundings of the burial ground and it will be granted only to the legal representative, executor or next of kin of the person buried there. Please note that anything that appears without our consent will be removed.
Please seek advice from our custodian before you consider planting anything. She will recommend species and a supplier to help maintain and enhance the meadow or woodland's biodiversity.
Contemporary memorials for your home or garden
Unlike conventional cemeteries, there are no rows of memorial stones, benches, vases of flowers or mementos which would change the special quality of the burial ground. However, the urge to create something after a death is deeply set within us. We have discovered Elysium Memorials who are a group of artists and craftsmen that make beautiful, personal, bespoke memorials to keep close to you. Watch their video here...
Creating new woodland
Rather than planting individual memorial trees, we are creating a new native woodland across the area where interments have taken place.
As more trees are planted each year and the new woodland spreads across the meadow, the land which remains unplanted will continue to be grazed or mown for a crop of hay.
Planting a tree does not form part of the burial. Planting is carried out by us each winter based on the woodland plan. Tree planting is independent of graves so that graves may or may not have a tree or a shrub on them. Our focus is on creating a diverse, future woodland.
The vision for the future is that as the planted woodland grows, seedlings and shrubs form into saplings and trees. The leaf canopy extends to block the light and shade the ground. Secondary growth of naturally seeded trees and shrubs spring up to fill gaps and the under-storey plants develop into a thicket - wildlife thrives. Decades pass and the large trees mature to dominate the woodland. Smaller trees and shrubs form the under-storey and margins; taller herbaceous plants mark the transition from woodland to open glade, where shorter grasses are grazed.
Important points to bear in mind
No individual trees are planted as memorials. Other burial grounds which do are much more like parks or gardens. We aim to create a wilder more natural woodland.
Adjacent plots can be reserved at our open meadow burial grounds (like Aylesbury Vale and Bath). This does not however apply to our woodland burial grounds where we are committed to planting trees annually in the area of new graves thus continuing the creation of new woodland.
Once trees are planted, roots grow and branches spread, secondary seedling generate; the habitat changes as woodland evolves and accessing ground next to old graves becomes impractical.
Native woodland thickets are largely inaccessible and damage caused by grave digging within them would destroy the delicate years of establishment. Consequently, future plots in our woodland burial grounds cannot be predetermined.
Please refer to our Trees on Graves page, which explains in detail the issues involved.