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Visiting and commemorating a grave

Helping maintain Clandon Wood’s natural beauty when visiting a loved one

Clandon Wood is a nature reserve with traditional meadowland, woodland, lakes and wetland providing distinctive environments that support many diverse ecosystems. In order to keep it as such and to retain its beauty and ethos we have a number of ‘rules’ which we would ask all who visit a grave at Clandon Wood to kindly observe and adhere to.

  • The yearly cycle of seasons at Clandon Wood play a key role in the natural maintenance and sustainability of all the land within it. During winter the grass is short but to allow the wild flower meadows to re-seed and flourish without cultivation the grass is allowed to grow long late into the summer. We understand this may make some memorials difficult to find during this period but would request that burial plots are accessed using the nearest pathways so the meadow is not trampled unnecessarily.
  • Floral tributes comprising natural flowers may be placed on burial plots at any time. All paper, cellophane, other plastic wrappings and ties should be removed from such flowers. Pots, vases or flowers set in oasis are not permitted. The Company will remove wilted flowers from burial plots at such intervals as it deems necessary.
  • Shrubs and wild flowers can be planted on loved ones’ graves but in order to ensure the integrity, sustainability and natural beauty of Clandon Wood is maintained approval by the ground staff must be obtained in advance of planting or seeding. A list of the wildflowers and shrubs which are allowed to be planted on burial plots is available from the Clandon Wood Office for guidance prior to approval being obtained.
  • Any unapproved trees, shrubs, plants or flowers that are planted will be removed by the Clandon Wood ground staff.
  • Except as approved by the Clandon Wood staff in advance visitors should refrain from:
    • pruning, trimming, lopping, stunting, felling, uprooting, chemically treating or otherwise interfering with any trees, shrubs or plants on the Clandon Wood grounds or excavating the ground in any way;
    • planting seeds, bulbs, plants or trees of any kind;
    • placing any soil or compost on any burial plot;
    • gathering any plants, wildflowers or their seeds or seed heads; or
    • cutting the grass or flowers or removing any growth from the grounds including from or around a burial plot.

Our ground staff take the steps considered appropriate and necessary to maintain the environmental integrity of Clandon Wood at its sole discretion. This includes the right to trim or remove any trees or bushes at any time. Tree species planted for the express purpose of coppicing will normally be cropped at seven to fourteen year intervals. In the longer term any tree may need to be thinned or topped as the woodland canopy develops.

Manufactured benches are not used at Clandon Wood. Large oak logs cut from local fallen trees have been placed around the meadows for visitors to use as seating.

Visitors are welcome to bring their dogs as long as they are kept on a lead and that any mess is picked up.

For the rules relating to having a memorial on a grave click here.