First National UK Natural Burial Conference

25th March 2010

University of Sheffield
Department of Landscape, Crookesmoor Building, Conduit Road,
Sheffield, S10 1FL

Powerpoint Presentations from the Conference

Workshop DIscussions

The University of Sheffield’s Department of Landscape is hosting the first UK wide conference on Natural Burial. In the first half of this one-day event, the research team (Andy, Jenny and Trish) will present data gathered from natural burial sites around the UK including: a longitudinal photographic record of one burial site; ethnographic data from four UK burial grounds; interview data with owners/managers from twenty different natural burial sites around the country; up-to-date database and GIS information of all UK natural burial providers currently in operation.

We are extremely pleased to have Ken West as our first speaker in the afternoon. Ken first raised the concept of woodland burial in 1989 in his position as manager of Carlisle Cemetery in Cumbria. This led, in 1993, to Carlisle City Council opening the first natural burial ground in the UK. More recently Ken has worked as consultant to the Ministry of Justice on their Guidelines for Natural Burial Ground Operators.

We are also delighted to have John Mallattratt, Chair of the Association of Natural Burial Grounds as our second speaker in the afternoon session of the conference. The ANBG, in partnership with the Natural Death Centre (NDC), have worked closely with the University of Sheffield on the creation and organisation of this event.

Tour and site visit *The tour and site visit is now fully booked*

As an optional extra to the conference, on the morning of Friday 26th we have organised a trip to two local Natural Burial Grounds (NB numbers for this trip are limited); a privately owned site at Ulley, and a Local Authority site close to the Loxley Valley.

In bringing together burial site owners/managers; practitioners; members of the general public and academics, this conference will provide ample scope for discussion between those interested in the variety of interpretations of Natural Burial and the many different ways in which it is currently realised in the UK. 

Pre-conference dinner

We propose to meet informally on the evening of Wednesday 24th March for an evening meal in a lovely restaurant in Sheffield city centre, please join us if you can. If you require accommodation it is perhaps best to try and stay somewhere close to the city centre for ease of access to the conference venue. The following link indicates local hotels and B&B accommodation:


Click here to go to the online booking form

Click here to download the conference programme


Directions from Sheffield Train Station to the Crookesmoor building.

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