Woodland Valley Natural Burial Ground, Woodingdean
Set on the edge of the city overlooking the sea and the South Downs in Woodingdean, Woodland Valley Natural Burial Ground offers a peaceful environment to lay your loved ones to rest. Situated within the Lawn Memorial Cemetery and planted with a range of suitable trees and features, Woodland Valley has been designed to create a meadow and woodland burial ground for interment and cremated remains.
The cemetery is divided into sections with all of the grave spaces accurately recorded on maps. Burial plots and cremated remains plots are both available. Up to two sets of remains can be buried in a cremated remains plot. Alternatively you can choose to scatter cremated remains in either our Sea View or Woodland Glade scattering areas.
A natural burial is for those wanting a more environmentally friendly means of burial, rather than a neat grave with a traditional headstone. We have been working with plant and wildlife experts such as the Sussex Wildlife Trust to ensure the cemetery is managed for the benefit of the flora and fauna of the site. This includes details such as a mowing regime and so many areas will be cut less frequently than in a traditional cemetery.
To keep the burial ground as natural as possible, only biodegradable coffins, caskets or shrouds are permitted. Wooden coffins are accepted without metal or plastic fittings, and must be manufactured from timber felled in managed forests. Shrouds must be made from natural materials and fixed to wooden boards. A homemade coffin can be accepted if it meets the required standard and is approved at least three days prior to the burial. As with our existing woodland burial grounds, Woodland Valley is available to everyone, irrespective of faith or religion.
Purchasing a grave
Plots can be pre-purchased or purchased at the time of burial. If you would like to pre-purchase a grave you can download an application form, make an appointment at Woodvale Lodge or telephone the office for more information. If you are purchasing at the time of burial your Funeral Director can assist you with the required paperwork.
We encourage the owner of the grave to plant native wild flowers on the gravespace, to be in keeping with the woodland setting. Other plants are not permitted and will be removed without prior notice.
A wooden memorial plaque with a choice of engraving is available to place on the grave.
- Download more information regarding choices of inscriptions and images for the memorial plaque (PDF 256MB)
- Download an application form for a wooden memorial plaque (PDF 135KB).
Commemorative bench plaques are also available to purchase. Situated within the grounds of the cemetery, each bench can accommodate up to five plaques. Download an application form for a bench plaque (PDF 69KB).
Stone memorials and ornaments of any kind are not permitted and will be removed.
Funeral services can be held at the graveside prior to a burial. There is no chapel in the grounds but services can be held at either the Extra-Mural Cemetery Chapel, for no extra cost, or the North and South Chapels at Woodvale Crematorium for a use of chapel fee.
Further information and opening times
- The full address for Woodland Valley is Warren Road, Woodingdean, BN2 6DX. There is no office at the site. Further information or advice can be found by contacting Bereavement Services.
- Download a copy of the Woodland Valley leaflet (PDF 5.6MB) and current prices (PDF 117KB)
- See a map of the site (PDF 4.6MB)
- A list of leaflets and booklets we provide is available on our publications page.
- See some larger images of Woodland Valley (PDF 2.5MB).
- Frequently asked questions.
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The grounds are open to the public every day of the year:
Winter months, October to March
- Monday to Saturday: 9am to 4pm
- Sunday and public holidays: 11am to 4pm
Summer months, April to September
- Monday to Saturday: 9am to 5.30pm
- Sunday and public holidays: 11am to 5.30pm