About Clandon Wood
Conceived as a Burial Reserve - Designed as a Nature Reserve
The beautiful simplicity of Natural Burial was the inspiration that led to the creation of Clandon Wood. The creation of a self-sustaining, wildlife environment is the answer to the enduring question: how do we find enough space to accommodate human burials responsibly?
Clandon and the Surrey Hills...
From a practical standpoint, a new burial reserve had to be in an area where there was a need; it needed to be easily accessible with road and public transport links and it had to be of a certain size to be commercially viable.
It obviously needed to please aesthetically but more importantly it must provide an environmental framework to support as many diverse ecosystems as possible.
Four years later, thirty-one acres of former farm land were discovered near Guildford in Surrey.
The two fields had lain fallow for the preceding eight years but lying at the foot of the Surrey Hills and nestling between the villages of East and West Clandon, this site was the perfect place.
Clandon Wood was the given name (it was only known as part of the Cuckoo Farm estate) as the original plan was to completely cover the land with trees.The name continued however, when it was decided to create as diverse an environment as possible; by including wildflower meadows and a lake and wetland. This would vastly increase the potential wildlife eco-systems.