Eco-Funerals are on the rise

1,524 respondents of a SunLife survey and 100 funeral directors found that just one in ten funerals is now religious with more and more people opting to have an Eco-Funeral.

But with the increased desire for Eco-Funerals has caused rows from local residents who object to the sites being put near schools and areas of natural beauty.

Eco-Funerals have increased from one in 14 in 2016 to one in 11 this year according to Data collected by SunLife, and the number of funeral directors who have access to a woodland burial site has increased to 77% this year from 60 per cent in 2014.

Eco-Funerals also called "natural" burials, involves being buried with only a biodegradable shroud or coffin and instead of a headstone a tree may be planted or a wooden plaque placed to mark the site.

The first woodland burial site was opened in 1993 in Carlisle, and there are now around 300 across the UK.

The SunLife report warned that increasing demand into Eco-Funerals could lead to a shortage of sites.

And some sites have come up against protests by locals who oppose against sites.

In Great Glen, Leicestershire, residents opposed a Co-op scheme to open a woodland burial site because of its proximity to a local school. After much discussion the proposal was past.

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