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Lone burial in Barnsley green cemetery
Kathleen Moxon in the green cemetery in Barnsley
Mrs Moxon has also bought a green burial plot for herself

A green cemetery that was introduced in Barnsley in 2008 has only had one burial since opening.

Barnsley Cemetery on Doncaster Road extended its offering of a traditional graveyard to include the alternative eco-friendly site three years ago.

Its only grave, that of Peter Moxon, a former outdoor ranger, was chosen by his widow Kathleen when he died in 2010.

'At one with nature'

She said: "I chose it because we are both conservationists.

"Pete always worked in the countryside, so this is the ideal place for him. I know this is where he wanted to be, at one with nature and wildlife."

The graveyard differs from its traditional neighbour in that it retains a natural appearance. Gravestones are not used to commemorate the dead, or flowers laid on the graves.

Instead, the only temporary sign of the burial area is the rolled grass which covers the grave, but over time when the grass grows the area will not be visually identifiable.

"They cut the grass twice a year and the rest is left to nature. There are birdfeeders and it's left for the wildlife," said Mrs Moxon.

Green cemetery in Barnsley
A member of Barnsley Council describes the area as a "little oasis"

Microchips are placed in the burial plots to identify them and ensure the graves are not disturbed in the future.

Mrs Moxon has also bought a plot in the green cemetery. Although people cannot be buried together in the same plot, the green cemetery can offer plots next to each other.

Tony Devonport, from Barnsley Council, said: "It's a little oasis.

"We have lots of wildlife and birds there. You wouldn't think you were in the back of a cemetery, you would perhaps think you where in the countryside.

"Barnsley folk are quite traditional in their choice of burial plot.

"We've had lots of inquiries, but I think it's people preparing for their own funeral in the future.

"Over time it will fill up but it is going to be a longer time than that of a normal section in a cemetery."




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