Longholt Wood Natural Burial Ground


The Poetry of earth is never dead’

Keats (1884)

Longholt Wood – A restful contrast of ancient and newly planted woodland providing a tranquil and reflective space for affordable, non-secular and environmentally-friendly burials.


Mist to mist, drops to drops. For water thou art, and unto water shalt thou return.

Kamand Kojouri

Natural burial is a return to a simpler more environmentally conscious interment process. It shuns methods of post-death preservation, allowing instead for the body to break down naturally becoming one with the environment.  

Graves are laid side by side as single plots within rows of young trees. A memorial tree is not planted per burial, but a tree can be dedicated or adopted instead. Graves can be purchased in advance or at the time of committal. Adjacent plots may be purchased for future use. Scattering ashes is avoided, so where cremation is a preferred option, ashes are interred.


Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honoured.

Daniel Webster 1826

All burial and memorial goods must be compostable. This does not mean choices are limited. Many beautiful biodegradable caskets and coffins are available, and we can talk you through the options and help you decide which is most suited to your requirements. 

Wooden inscribed plaques can be provided to mark the grave or you may personalise the area through the planting of wildflowers. If this is something you would like to do please talk to us first to discuss what species are suitable. 

Burial plaques are not a requirement, and you may choose instead to donate to wildlife enhancements such as bird / bat nesting or roosting boxes which boost the natural diversity of the site.


Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened’

Anatole France

Loved ones come in all forms, so Longholt Wood hosts an animal interment site located at the entry of the burial ground. Please contact us for more information if this is something you require.


 ‘In the night of Death, hope sees a star, and listening Love can hear the rustle of a wing.’ 

Robert G. Ingersoll (1879)

Facilities are simple and in keeping with the environment. Natural seating is scattered through the burial ground and a hardstanding car park adjoins the site. 

A new eco-building to the side of the burial pasture is due to be erected in 2019. This will be available for use as a venue for ceremonies, to congregate in before/after the burial and will include an area for the coffin prior to interment, facilities for seating during the ceremony and a disabled access toilet.

About Us

Longholt Wood is an ancient woodland on the edge of the historic Lincolnshire village of Nocton. The 4 ½ acre site is separated into two similarly sized halves. An area of mature woodland contains no burials and is managed as a wildlife habitat and area to walk within, whilst the remainder is pasture meadow planted with a variety of native species saplings.

It is here that all interments take place. These saplings will in time merge with the surrounding mature trees creating an beautiful area of natural woodland within which residents will rest peacefully.  The Burial Ground holds ancient woodland status meaning the site can never be implicated in any way which changes its’ use.

The non-burial area is managed as a traditional working woodland. Products such as timber and firewood are produced, and the wood is used as a base to provide woodland skills training and education. The Burial Ground and surrounding woodland are open to the public so you may come and visit at any time. Should you wish a member of staff to meet you and show you round this is something we are happy to accommodate.

Longholt Wood’s ethos is to provide you and your family with a personalised funeral package whilst keeping costs low and affordable. We are available at all times to offer support and advice on any aspect of the process. 24 hours’ notice is required prior to an interment or plots can be chosen and pre-booked well in advance. 

There is no office or permanent presence on site but we are happy to meet with you either at the burial ground or at your home address to discuss your requirements.