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The search is on for a different type of burial ground in Stroud

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Environmentalists and funeral directors are on the lookout for different kind of cemetery.

Instead of headstones and flowers, natural burial grounds are areas where nature takes over and a lasting memorial to everyone laid to rest there is built.

Stroud Valleys Project is hoping to create a green burial ground, and is on the lookout for a suitable piece of land.

Chief executive Clare Mahdiyone said: “We want to create a burial ground without headstones, where trees and wildflowers flourish and wildlife thrives, a place of peace and reflection where those who have lost someone dear to them can find solace and healing in nature.

"Green burial is about creating a species rich nature reserve that over time will develop into a lasting memorial to all those people who are buried there.”

For the green burial ground to become a reality the group needs to identify a site and are hoping that someone will come forward with a suitable piece of land.

Ecologist Mark Graham a member of the project development team said: “We are looking for 10 acres or more of land that has good access and isn’t subject to flooding. The ideal location would be somewhere rural which is close to Stroud but feels private and peaceful.”

Stroud funeral director Michael Gamble believes that there would be lots of support for the scheme locally. Stroud District Council runs a green burial ground at Brimscombe but demand is increasing.

“Green burial is becoming more and more common, and with so many environmentally minded residents I’m sure a green burial ground would be very popular,” he said.

If you have a piece of land that you think would be suitable, Stroud Valleys Project would like to hear from you.

“We are keen to find land so that we can make the green burial ground a reality, if you have a piece of land that you think would be suitable please get in touch," Clare added.

Stroud Valleys Project can be contacted on 01453 753358 or at 8, Threadneedle Streeet, Stroud, GL5 1AF.

http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/search-different-type-burial-ground-622094

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