We love this poem. It sums up everything we want to achieve by having a green burial ground. Imagine a field that is bare now, full of trees, carefully planted and lovingly tended.

Printed here by kind permission of Pam Ayres.

Woodland Burial

Don’t lay me in some gloomy churchyard shaded by a wall
Where the dust of ancient bones has spread a dryness over all,
Lay me in some leafy loam where, sheltered from the cold
Little seeds investigate and tender leaves unfold.
There kindly and affectionately, plant a native tree
To grow resplendent before God and hold some part of me.
The roots will not disturb me as they wend their peaceful way
To build the fine and bountiful, from closure and decay.
To seek their small requirements so that when their work is done
I’ll be tall and standing strongly in the beauty of the sun.

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Chief Executive Clare Mahdiyone said of the poem:

‘We love the poem’s graceful quality and the elegiac wish to find a resting place in nature. 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’.

Developing a green burial site is firstly about creating a lasting memorial to all those people who are buried there. In addition, it will give Stroud Valleys Project a piece of land that our charity and our volunteers can transform into a species-rich nature reserve. Our experience is that when we create a space that is good for wildlife it invariably becomes good for people as well. As more and more people are interested in green burials a new ground offers a unique opportunity for Stroud Valleys Project and Stroud people.

For the green burial ground to become a reality the charity 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 explained:

“We are looking for 10 or more acres 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:

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

So come on Stroudies! If you or someone you know has a piece of land that you think would be suitable, please contact Clare Mahdiyone, the CEO on 01453 753358 or at our eco shop at 8 Threadneedle Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 1AF.


Stroud Valleys Project is a limited company,
registered in England and Wales

Registered number: 2224016    

Registered charity number: 900107


Stroud Valleys Project

8 Threadneedle Street




Tel: 01453 753358

Email: info@stroudvalleysproject.org

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