Plans for new green burial site in town

Beech Wood, proposing a green burial site.
Beech Wood, proposing a green burial site.

Boston could be set for its first green burial site under plans to extend Beech Wood.

Boston could be set for its first green burial site under plans to extend Beech Wood.

If plans are approved it would mean space for 300 burial places in a glade in the wood in Fenside Road at Boston West.

The proposal has been submitted to Boston Borough Council for full planning permission for a £300,000 project, which also includes extending the wood by a further 10 acres, adding in a small amphitheatre, all-weather paths, car parks and a pond.

Chariman of the Boston Woods Trust Adrian Isaac said: “It will take the size of the wood to almost as large as Westgate Wood.

“A green burial site is something I have been looking at for 12 years.”

The closest green burial site is currently at Sutterton at the Thatched Cottage.

Mr Isaac continued: “We’ve been lucky to have a donation of money from Lincolnshire Co-op to celebrate its 150th anniversary to purchase the land and donations from lottery funding and WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd).

“There is still money to be raised but the aim is to have everything finished by Christmas, once planning permission is granted.”

Environmentally-friendly green burial sites are becoming more popular, with over 200 green and woodland sites all over Britain.

The South Lincolnshire Natural Burial Ground at Sutterton opened in 2013.

It is regulated by the Association of Natural Burial Grounds and is set amidst 12 woods in 8 acres with 500 plots.

Mr Isaac said: “The first woodland burial site was in Carlisle city. By 1996 there were 17 across the country, 33 by the July and 52 by July ‘97. We are quite late in the field but it is something we have been looking at in Boston for years.”