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Brighton farmland considered for burials

A piece of farmland in Brighton is being considered by council officials for a woodland burial area.

Woodland Burial Ground in Borough Cemetery was the first to provide ecological burials, but is now full, and a new site is needed.

Brighton and Hove City Council will submit a planning application for a two-acre site in Woodingdean which will cater for 1,800 people.

Woodland burials involve planting trees instead of headstones.

Terena Plowright, who runs the South Downs Natural Burial Site in Hampshire, said: "People want time to actually mourn those people and know that their bodies have gone back in to the soil and nature.

"When you've planted a tree you can visit that site where your loved one is buried, which is being fed and nourished by the person you really love."

Woodland burials are for all beliefs and denominations and use biodegradable coffins.

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