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scattering ashes at the nma

National Memorial Arboretum’s policy on cremation ashes


scattering ashes at the nma

The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, near Lichfield, Staffordshire, England is a national (as in UK wide) site of remembrance for members of all armed forces. It gives its purpose as – “The National Memorial Arboretum honours the fallen, recognises sacrifice and fosters pride in our country. It is a spiritually uplifting place and is emerging as a world-renowned centre for remembrance.”

However they do not allow the interring or scattering of cremation ashes at the Arboretum. In a response to the question of whether it is permissible they said: “I am afraid that as a result of a decision by our Trustees in 2006, we also do not allow this practice, as it was deemed we are not a cemetery or crematorium.”

I understand and respect their stance as to why they would choose not to allow the practice, it is perhaps subtle divide they are drawing but allowing people to scatter or bury there would give the site a slightly different meaning and purpose.

2 thoughts on “National Memorial Arboretum’s policy on cremation ashes

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    Mr K McGarrick - 3rd March 2023

    I served with the 1st battalion the Staffordshire regiment and would like to know where half of my ashes could be scattered. I would have liked it to be at the memorial arboretum but understand it is not permitted. Can you suggest a fitting place in respect of my devoted service. Many thanks and best regards Mac.

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      Richard Martin - 10th March 2023

      Dear Mr McGarrick

      I would contact the regiment directly, or the group for ex-servicemen if I were you. They might have their own memorial ground, or be able to suggest somewhere special to the regiment.
      I this is some help.

      Kind regards

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