Woodland funerals advice

People wanting information on funerals and woodland burials at Bristol Memorial Woodlands can now call in to a newly refurbished centre in Westbury-on-Trym, High Street.

The Bristol Memorial Woodlands funeral centre at 18 High Street is staffed by funeral directors who can help people plan a funeral, with a burial or ashes interment at Memorial Woodlands, located outside the city near Alveston.

Christopher Baker, founder of the Memorial Woodlands, said: “We are creating a 100-acre woodland nature reserve that will be managed and maintained for future generations. A place for all to enjoy and where those who have been buried or have had their ashes scattered can be remembered by loved ones. Our gates are open daily.

“The Westbury-on-Trym centre is in a former funeral parlour. It enables people to get information and make arrangements without having to travel to the woodlands, so it is closer to home for them.

“The centre can arrange funerals and cremations at all the crematoria around Bristol. We can also combine a traditional cremation with a life celebration and ashes scattering at the woodlands. It is about giving people a choice of the farewell to a loved one that they desire.”

Funeral directors Georgia Williams and Terry Hayward are based at the centre and can provide details and video demonstrations of the unique venue at Bristol Memorial Woodlands which includes a chapel for services and reception rooms that families can use for a full day or half day to say goodbye to a loved one, using the reception rooms for refreshments and hospitality. They are also able to provide information about burial and ashes plots available that will enable people to rest in a woodland as it grows over future years.