The term 'Green Funeral' can mean different things to different people. It can simply be using a coffin sourced from sustainable resources, through to a woodland burial in a shroud. Whatever your requirements, we are able to assist.
The reason behind choosing a 'Green Funeral' will differ from person to person, and that reason may influence the kind of service you want. It may be that you simply like the burial ground, or you may want your remains to have as little impact on the environment as possible.
We offer a range of options to support your commitment to lowering your environmental impact. Our experts can design a sustainable funeral for your loved one and help you with green burials and cremations.
There are currently 3 green burial grounds in the York area:
A section of Rufforth Cemetery. (Rufforth Cemetery Leaflet)
Mowthorpe Garden of Rest. (Mowthorpe Leaflet)
While all the above permit the planting of shrubs, Rufforth and Mowthorpe permit the planting of native trees, and Mowthorpe also permits some memorials to be erected.
Slightly further afield are:
If you choose to use a coffin, it must be classed as environmentally friendly. All of our regularly used coffins are sourced from sustainable resources, please see our coffins page for more information.
Alternatively, you may choose to use a shroud. The body will not be visible through the shroud, and has handles for moving the body, and a board to support the body as it is carried and lowered. To transport a body in a shroud, we may still use a traditional hearse, or we can use a more discreet vehicle if you wish.
Embalming is generally discouraged for a green burial due to the chemicals involved.
A recent addition to our fleet is the brand new Jaguar I-Pace, an all electric passenger vehicle, with it's electricity supply coming from 100% renewable sources.
This vehicle allows the opportunity to have a minimal environmental impact on the journey to the funeral, or simply an alternative for those that do not wish to use a traditional limousine.
While we are not yet able to offer an 'eco-hearse' as part of our fleet, it is possible to hire one, it is something we are looking into for the future.
All our traditional funeral vehicles and hearsettes have stop-start technology to reduce their emissions.
We also offset our emissions using Eco-point, meaning that new woodland is planted to counter the mileage we travel.
The new woodlands are quality assured by the UK government’s Woodland Carbon Code. The Woodland Carbon Code certifies projects to ISO standards, and the certification and planting status of each woodland is publicly verifiable via the Markit Environmental Registry.