What people are saying about us
We have made a short film in which Angela Rippon talks to a number of families about their experience of having laid their loved ones to rest at Clandon Wood. Also on this page are comments from individuals who have written to us to express their sentiments about Clandon Wood and links to reviews on Facebook and Google where people have placed their thoughts.
Clandon Wood – some testimonials
Below is a selection of comments received from people who purchased a plot or have laid to rest a loved one at Clandon Wood during Winter/Spring 2020.
Why they chose Clandon Wood.
“Non church based burial, natural, pavilion and sheep!”
“My wife expressed a wish to have a natural woodland burial. A friend had used Clandon Wood and very pleased.”
“Lived in Surrey since 1981, I purchased a plot earlier this year. Sadly my mother died in April so I have purchased a plot for mum plus one for dad for the future.”
“My mother had requested a natural/woodland burial. We had heard positive reports from a friend who had been to a funeral with you and the funeral Director also recommended you when we asked about woodland burials.”
“Burial in a natural setting.”
“Natural burial site, Proximity to relatives, the look of the site.”
“It is beautiful and peaceful. We felt that laying our loved one to rest there was a better, and less upsetting option than a crematorium.”
What they particularly liked about Clandon Wood.
“Nothing to add, just keep up the good work, thanks.”
“The location of Clandon Wood has natural beauty and is very peaceful.”
“The peace and being with nature.”
“Lack of fuss. Natural. Upfront and personable service, happy to explain without being patronising.”
“Peace and tranquility in abundance.”
“Particularly liked the personal approach and friendliness of the staff on the day of burial. It was very normal with no stuffiness or expectations.”
“Particularly like that it does not feel like a cemetery and is a beautiful and uplifting place to visit. Look forward to the monthly afternoon teas, once these are eventually reinstated post Covid.”
“Such an amazing place! Particularly like the attention to nature and the fact that the staff don’t wear black. It seems an odd thing to say about a burial ground but it really is an uplifting place”.
Mrs Jennie Webb
“We attended the funeral of a friend and I made my mind up straight away this is what I would like. I grew up on a farm and I love the countryside, going to my resting place by horse and cart, and being almost opposite the Celia Cross dog rescue where we get all our dogs from. The pavilion is lovely for a service. So everything I need is in one place. This was one of my easiest decisions to take.”
“The environment and atmosphere created an uplifting and spiritual feeling among all who attended my husband’s funeral. Strangely unfuneral but a happy memory.”
“Zoe and I would like to thank all of your staff at Clandon Wood for helping to make Katie’s funeral such a fitting spectacle for her extraordinary life. The pavilion was the perfect venue for her tribute and reception and the peace and tranquillity of her burial site was the ideal location for reflections and goodbyes. George was always quietly on hand to steer us through the procedures with all of your staff seamlessly entering into the spirit of Katie’s last party. Please pass on our thanks and please fill free to use our letter of thanks to inform others of your unique venue and services.”
“We like the idea that Mum and Dad will be nearby and as we sometimes drive past when going about our daily lives, we will know they are there in those lovely surroundings. They enjoyed birds, insect life, trees and wildflowers and this is the perfect setting.”
“The whole day went exceptionally well and my wife was laid to rest with passion and dignity, which was a comment made by all who attended. My thanks to all the staff and the lovely grounds where my wife rests.”
Susy Canvin and Heather Playford-Denman
“Our mother was a life long gardener and nature lover who wished her ashes to be interred at Clandon Wood. Staff could not have been more helpful, particularly on the day of the interment when it was pouring with rain. My sister and I feel it is the perfect place for our mother’s remains and that she is at peace in a place she chose and in surroundings she loved. We hope when the time comes to be in a similar setting ourselves. Thank you.”
“We wanted a burial where we could visit from time to time but did not want it to take place in a cemetery amongst a lot of gravestones.”
“My wife Janice and I had driven past Clandon Wood on a number of occasions since it opened. Although we had both initially opted to be cremated after death, we enjoyed nature and the countryside and became more and more interested in the concept of natural burial, as opposed to the more formal surroundings of crematoria or cemeteries.
A friend of Janice’s who died of cancer had a service at Clandon Wood, prior to her cremation but by this time, Janice herself had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was too unwell to attend. However, other friends who were present spoke highly of the ceremony and the site, which led us to change our minds about our own departures. Towards the end, Janice decided that not only did she wish to be buried rather than cremated but she also wanted a natural casket, rather than the traditional solid wood with brass handles.
As a family we were all impressed by the way Clandon Wood staff dealt with our situation. There was no pressure on us to make any particular decision, just an obvious aim to be helpful and everything was done with a quiet efficiency. We were also very impressed by the standard of the ancillary suppliers (catering, flowers, memorial plaque and celebrant) suggested by your staff.
All those who attended the ceremony commented favourably on the occasion and the surroundings. Several of the family have been back to Clandon Wood since Janice’s funeral and we have all been delighted by its appearance and are fully convinced we made the right choice. I have also taken the opportunity to reserve the plot adjacent to Janice’s for myself.
Thank you all for making what was an inherently sad occasion into something that was less stressful and more bearable.”
“I wanted to write and thank you for so kindly and gently helping Emma and I to settle Mummy into beautiful Clandon Wood. From first meeting you and you so patiently walking up and down the field with us to seeing your smiling face again last Friday you have been a tremendously intrinsic part of getting us happy and calmly to the end of her journey. The sun was setting as we laid yet more daffodils later in the afternoon last Friday. The lake and field were so peaceful and pretty. We’ll see you many more times I am sure but I will personally be forever grateful to such a charming man.”
Alison, Neil and Kirsty Craze
“Thank you all so much for your help in organising Tony’s funeral. We were so pleased the way things turned out and everything went off like clockwork. It was such a beautiful, tranquil, albeit extremely sad day. We’ve had loads of comments on what a beautiful, peaceful setting Clandon Wood is and very fitting for a final resting place.”
Elizabeth and Tristan Dallas
“Thank you all for working with us to assure that our precious twin girls have been laid to rest in a beautiful location. The photos will also remind us of how special the area is to our family for future years to come.”
Lucy Lawrie and Olly George
“Olly and I wanted to say a huge thank you for making our day with you so wonderful. On such an incredibly sad day you all brought so much calm and kindness and peace. Clandon Wood is such a beautiful place. We will be returning often to visit Mummy and of course to see you all.”
Sarah Lambert and Suzanne Bant
“A huge thank you to all the wonderful staff at Clandon Wood for their kindness and compassion and for making a very difficult time very much easier.
From the moment we arrived we were made to feel most welcome and when we were offered some of the delicious food in the office we were immediately sold on Mel who provided the perfect vintage tea for our ceremony just as mum would have liked! A special thanks to Louise for leading our ceremony and Elisabeth too for making it all run so smoothly. Who would ask for a lovelier place to leave their loved ones and a beautiful place to visit them in the future.”
“On behalf of my siblings I would like to thank you all for your sympathy and understanding when dealing with events leading up to our father Clary’s and Kathleen’s burial. It is the most beautiful setting for our parents to rest in peace and for us to visits them from time to time. The pavilion made a perfect setting for our family to be able to reflect peacefully with memories of our parents. Thank you once again”
“We would like to thank you all for your help in organizing the service we had for our sister Lesley at Clandon Wood last Friday 5th August. All your kind efforts and work behind the scenes and on the day really helped make it a very special and memorable service. It’s a very beautiful place for her to be at rest.”
Below is a selection of comments received from people who purchased a plot or have laid to rest a loved one at Clandon Wood during Summer and Autumn 2019.
Why they chose Clandon Wood.
“I wanted a natural and environmentally friendly burial site.”
“Very peaceful and the plots are discreet and no (vertical) gravestones.”
“Natural burial site and somewhere to visit and contemplate, with dog!”
“Nature reserve – Family interest – Late husband loved sailing, walking etc etc – Late daughter was ecologist.”
“We liked the idea of a natural burial.”
“Location/setting/nature and non-denomination.”
“The family is very passionate about the environment.”
“Peaceful, natural environment.”
“Natural, green, flexible, empathetic.”
“It is just so special! It is warm, cared for and beautiful.”
“Liked that it isn’t morbid/sombre like traditional cemeteries.”
“Nature lover plus wildlife.”
“Beauty and calm of site.”
What they particularly liked about Clandon Wood.
“The layout, green burial site and natural burial, peaceful environment.”
“The flexibility around funerals services.”
“The rural setting and peaceful atmosphere.”
“The whole area; peaceful yet alive; a positive experience.”
“The peacefulness, the wild flowers and seeing lots of butterflies.”
“Staff friendliness and efficiency.”
“Calm nature, very helpful staff.”
“Lovely surrounding, staff very helpful and could not do enough to help. The team made a difficult experience seem seamless.”
“The space and the natural element.”
“Love the peaceful atmosphere, how you maintain it and the ethos of Clandon Wood.”
“The lovely location and environment.”
“We liked the way the site has been managed to look as natural as possible.”
“Peaceful rural setting, no gravestones/ornaments.”
“The peace and tranquillity of the area.”
“Serenity of area.”
“The beautiful view across the hills.”
Below is a selection of comments received from people who purchased a plot or have laid to rest a loved one at Clandon Wood during the spring of 2019:
Why they chose Clandon Wood?
“Pastoral and peaceful nature of site.”
“Natural, green, flexible, empathetic.”
“It is very special and the perfect place for my husband – he loved the outside.”
“Different to a cemetery, somewhere I’d want to return to.”
What they particularly liked about Clandon Wood?
“The natural side of Clandon Wood.”
“Personal, kind, understanding, flexible, confidential.”
“All of it from the lovely grounds to the glass funeral building. Keep up the good work, Clandon Wood is special.”