Welcome to Kent Natural Burials
Kent Natural Burials was established in 2007. Our aim was to create an environmentally sensitive and gentle alternative burial service for families in their local area. The first Kent Natural Burial funeral took place in September 2007. Now many rest at our original site - Deerton.
We have two beautiful burial grounds in the Swale area, planted to mirror the local landscape and provide a tranquil and environmentally sympathetic alternative to a traditional burial or internment of ashes.
We have beautiful burial sites that encompass the ideals of bespoke, eco-friendly, local end of life service. We provide an alternative to the, often expensive, cremations and the ever-challenging demand for church sites. In an era where many are now keen to preserve the world we live in and where multi-faith or none wish to have an affordable way of respectfully meeting the needs of their loved ones, natural burials are increasing in popularity.
Dear friends of Kent Natural Burials Limited,
During these unprecedented times we would like to reassure everyone that we are implementing precautionary measures to protect our families, friends, visitors and staff.
Please be assured that we will continue to lay loved ones to rest with compassion and care. The dignity of each person that we work with is very dear to us as we know it is to you; it remains our upper most priority to help you say goodbye to your loved ones in a very personal way.
For those of you who are unable to attend a funeral, you can remember your loved ones on Tree Planting Day. We hold this special day on an annual basis and we can bring the focus to this day of celebration and memorial of your loved ones.
The following precautions will be taking place during burials at both Riverview and Deerton Natural Burial Grounds:
Following Government advice on 23rd March 2020, funerals can be attended by close family only.
Please do not congregate and stay in your cars until you are beckoned by either the Funeral Director or KNB staff in attendance; if there are attendees that need to be driven close to the grave and/or need a chair please let us know prior to arrival so we may be aware and direct as required.
In the interest of both our staffs’ and attendees safety, we would kindly request that you adhere to the 2 meter self distancing at all times, and please refrain from close contact including hugging and handshaking until further notice. If you are unwell or have been in contact with anyone that has COVID-19 then of course we would not expect you to attend.
We will ensure that our compost loos are cleaned both before and after the burial services and will make available, tissues, hand wipes, hand sanitizers and disposable gloves at all times.
Following a recent - 20th April 2020 - update from the Government we have decided to re open the gates at Deerton as we know how comforting it is to you all.
Although we will be keeping the gates from the main road closed they will not be locked- please may we ask that you close them once you leave Deerton - this will hopefully serve as a deterrent to those who may use our entrance car park for other activities and gatherings.
Please ensure you adhere to social distancing and no more than gatherings of two people unless in a small family unit, take home with you any used wipes and tissues, keeping Deerton and our families safe.
For those of you who do not live in close proximity and who are staying safe and self isolating we will post further pictures of Deerton in our news section.
Riverview is open too but please adhere to self isolating rules.
If you have any worries or concerns or just need a chat please call Sian on 07377 533 506, my mobile is always on and in this time of uncertainty and worry we would like to offer a listening ear!! Take care, stay safe -our thoughts are with you.
What is a natural burial?
The loss of a loved one is inevitably a time of sadness and grief, however the funeral can be a time to celebrate that life. We will do all we can to be of assistance.
People are keen to be able to stay within their local community, they want to be laid to rest where they have lived, laughed and loved. They wish to be able to have their friends and families come to pay their respects, tend the area and seek solace there.
Those being buried with us are placed in coffins that are sustainably produced and biodegradable. The planting of local, native trees and wildflowers takes place leaving a wild and attractive resting place. Headstones are not erected and we do not allow families to plant flora that is not native or is out of keeping with the local area.
We opened our first burial ground, Deerton, on an abandoned 3 acre field in Teynham, between Sittingbourne and Faversham. It is run in an ecologically friendly manner. Following the guidelines and requirements of the Association of Natural Burial Grounds, we not only wish to cause as little disruption to the natural surroundings and wildlife as possible but to positively enhance the value of the land regarding habitat creation and management.
We have now opened our second site, Riverview, near Lower Halstow. This too will be run in keeping with Swales bio-diversity action plan. The site is discrete, attractive and nestled in the heart of Kent’s stunning countryside. Both sites are protected from development and have a long-term future as a wild space in which nature is allowed to thrive.
Kent Natural Burials has won Natural burial ground in the south east twice and has recently been runner up for the UK.