New eco-friendly burial area dedicated in Crompton cemetery

A NEW ‘green’ burial area of Crompton Cemetery is set to be dedicated by Oldham Council.

The eco-friendly location will not be identifiable as a traditional graveyard but a section map of the area will be retained to record where people are buried.

There will be no permanent or temporary memorials. Flowers left after the burial will be removed once they have died.

Crompton Cemetery

A Green Burial is designed to sensitively lay to rest someone in a green and friendly way with as little impact on the environment as possible.

The deceased will be buried in a shroud or biodegradable container.

Where coffins are chosen, they will be environmentally friendly and made of natural materials.

The deceased will not be embalmed, to preserve the natural elements of the area.

Crompton Cemetery, located just off Fraser Street, was founded in 1891.

Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Culture, said: “A lot of people are thinking more about the environment these days.

“So, we have been planning a green burial site for a number of years and we are pleased we can now offer this option rather than just a traditional funeral.

“If you are considering natural burial, you and your family need to think very hard about this.

“Many people find it very difficult not to have a memorial commemorating exactly where a love one is buried.”

The council will ensure the area has a natural look and all reasonable steps will be taken to conserve existing local wildlife, promote biodiversity and manage the green burial area to sound sustainable and ecological principles.

For more information on Green Burials email Env.cemeteries@oldham.gov.uk or call 0161 770 2220.

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