Belsay Woodland Burials, which opened on 1 May 2018, offers a peaceful resting place of enduring beauty.  Owned and managed by Belsay Estate, and within sight of the historic Belsay Hall and Castle, our Woodland Burial site will be developed gradually and harmoniously with only indigenous species of trees and flowers planted.

A Natural Burial, using completely bio-degradable materials and no form of embalming, is an ecologically friendly and often less expensive funeral option; it provides a thoughtful legacy for future generations and is a wonderful choice for those who love the countryside.

Belsay Woodland Burial is open to all: any type of personal belief, faith or culture can be accommodated.  Burial plots can be purchased in advance by those wishing to get their affairs in order, or they can be chosen at the time of need.

Arranging the funeral of a loved one, or planning your own, is something that most of us are faced with at some point.  We are here to help you, so please do contact us with any questions or concerns; we would be happy to arrange a viewing appointment.

Coronavirus Update23April 2020

To all our dear relatives and friends.

We would like to reassure you that we are still able to carry out burials and interments here and will help families in any way we can.  Our Burial Ground is also open for families to visit and our office is manned daily.  Laura de Wesselow is also available at any time on her mobile 07889 437237.

If you do have to arrange a burial for a loved one at this unprecedented time, please rest assured that we will do everything we can to help make the process easier.  The wonderful thing about a woodland burial is that you can come back in the Autumn/Winter, when this dreadful situation is over, and plant a memorial tree and celebrate the life of that person.

The Covid 19 virus dies with the host so there is no danger of  infection/contamination to people, the burial meadow, or our staff.

We will be taking all the necessary precautions to prevent the risk of possible spread of the virus to families, their friends, the funeral directors and our own staff attending a burial.

When services/burials take place

Gatherings should be as small as possible (maximum 10 people) and there should be no hand shaking with ministers, celebrants, funeral directors, mourners etc.

At this time, we regret that we cannot offer the Blacksmith’s Barn or our smaller function room in the office for a ceremony or a reception, but memorial services and/or receptions may be arranged at a later date, when it is safe to do so.

Burials of ashes can continue as normal.

Please do bring your own sanitiser and hand wipes as additional safety precautions.

Additional precautions

We are, of course, recommending a policy of social distancing for everyone involved at Belsay Woodland Burials.  There should be no contact between staff and attendees including handshaking and hugging.

We will clean and sanitise our premises, furniture and facilities regularly to reduce any risk of infection.

Paperwork will be transferred electronically and other documentation should remain unopened for 24 hours to minimise potential infection.

Using very strict social distancing guidelines, we will continue to meet families at their request by appointment and are available to contact by phone or email at all times. 

Please do not attend a service or burial if you feel unwell with any of the COVID-19 virus symptoms.

These measures are subject to change at any time in line with Public Health and Government guidelines.

We have produced a drone film which is you can view on this page so that people can visit us virtually.  We will also be posting regular picture updates so that you can see the site as it blossoms into Spring.

Thank you.  Take care and stay safe.

With best wishes from us all at Belsay Woodland Burials.