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£1.5m woodland burial ground Knowsley Estate opens
5:45pm Wednesday 7th August 2013 in News
VISITORS are being invited to tour a £1.5m woodland burial ground that has been partially opened in the Knowsley Estate.
GreenAcres Woodland Burials unveiled Emma Wood and Grace’s Wood, two 19th and 20th century plantations earlier this summer.
Full burials, ashes burials and ashes scatterings will take place in the woodland and customers can choose their final resting place.
The company says its aim is to offer a “peaceful and modern alternative to the traditional cemetery”.
Andy Paling, managing director of GreenAcres Woodland, said: “The concept of woodland burials aims to reinforce the principle of life’s regular renewal – ‘the cycle of life’, so to speak.
“It is slightly different from other ‘green’ or ‘woodland’ burial sites.
“Firstly, because it is based around restoring and enhancing the biodiversity of existing woodlands that are currently in poor condition.
“Secondly, because of the unique range of facilities provided.”
St Helens North MP Dave Watts was given a tour of the grounds to see the investment that has been brought to the borough.
Andy Paling, managing director of GreenAcres, said: “We were delighted Mr Watts took the time to learn more about the range of services we can offer.
“We look forward to welcoming the wider community to the park in the coming weeks and months, sharing with them the details of our woodland management programme and giving them the chance to see our ceremonial buildings taking shape.”
Graves are marked by wooden plaques, rather than headstones.
Cremations do not take place on site, although ashes can be interred.
The park is creating 12 new jobs, including ground staff who are opening woodlands previously inaccessible to the public.
It is open every day and visitors do not need an appointment.
Open days for guided walks will be on Wednesdays, Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings until October 31.
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