The new natural cemetery in Whangarei is the first and currently only natural cemetery that buries in an existing native forest. We love this approach – used in many cemeteries in the UK – because it means the grave is immediately within a live forest habitat.
The format does result in a “messier” look to the initial grave – see photo – but the forest floor will soon recover.
The Whangarei cemetery uses most of our burial protocols but has not sought certification. It buries caskets 800mm deep.
Click Cemetery-Information-Pack-Burials-2018 for the Council’s information pdf.