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.

In the Time of Corona …..

Belsay Woodland Burials has been open throughout this extraordinary time.  We hope we have helped those families that have had to bury their loved ones during this difficult period. 

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 take 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

There are still restrictions on large gatherings (currently no more than 30 people) and there should be no hand shaking with ministers, celebrants, funeral directors, mourners etc.  However, we are now able to offer receptions once again in the Blacksmith’s Barn or our smaller reception room adjacent to the office.

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

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 you can view on this page so that people can visit us virtually.  

Thank you.  Take care and stay safe.

With best wishes from us all at Belsay Woodland Burials.