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National Trust (England) Policy on Scattering Ashes

The National Trust works to preserve and protect the coastline, countryside and buildings of England through practical caring and conservation, through educating and informing, and through encouraging millions of people to enjoy their national heritage. – in their own words

The Trust owns a large number of properties, including historic houses and gardens, industrial monuments and social history sites. In fact it is one of the largest landowners, membership organisations and charities in the UK.

Good news, when we asked them what their policy was on scattering ashes on their property – we have had a response back from them:

“The National Trust does not have a formal policy on this but is happy to consider requests on the basis that there are no environmental problems (i.e. possible contamination of water courses or sources, no accompanying permanent or indeed ephemeral markers), that it is not against any wishes that may have been expressed by a donor, and that the act of scattering the ashes is done discreetly and in private with no interference with others enjoyment of a property. We would also not expect that visitors to the property could see any visual presence of ashes. If these conditions can be met and subject to local arrangements being made with the General Manager or Property Manager at the appropriate property, consent can be granted.
The Trust has a general policy not to allow green burials on our land, although we do receive a number of requests to permit this every year.”
All position statements are actuate at the time of posting, please contact the organisation directly for the most up to date position.

36 thoughts on “National Trust (England) Policy on Scattering Ashes

  1. Reply
    Ian Hall - 28th August 2020

    Hi there,

    An enquiry about the possible scattering of my Father’s ashes within the woodlands at Quarry Bank Mill. My Father worked as a volunteer at the Mill for many years as well as an Air traffic Controller based at Manchester Airport adjacent to the woodlands. Any help greatly appreciated.

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    Bobbie Moore - 19th August 2020

    Hello,
    My Nan would like to scatter her ashes at the Glastonbury Abbey in Somerset.
    Is this possible?
    Thank-you,
    Bobbie

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      Richard Martin - 19th August 2020

      Bobbie – You would need to contact them here is the contact page https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/glastonbury-tor#Contact%20us
      Regards
      Richard

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    Dawn - 22nd July 2020

    Hi we would like to scatter a family members ashes on The Great Orme in Llandudno Noth Wales and wonder how we get the permission to do this please.

    thank you

    Dawn

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      Richard Martin - 24th July 2020

      Hi Dawn

      It would appears the site is owned by Conwy County Borough Council. I have had look and this looks like it has the details https://www.conwy.gov.uk/en/Resident/Leisure-sport-and-health/Coast-and-Countryside/Nature-Reserves/The-Great-Orme/Exploring-the-Great-Orme.aspx

      Kind regards
      Richard

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    Margaret Rimmer - 12th July 2020

    Hi. We would like to scatter my mother-in-law’s ashes on Formby beach. She lived in Formby all her life and the beach was a favourite place of hers. Could you let me know who I have to contact please?

    Kind Regards

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      Richard Martin - 15th July 2020

      Dear Margaret
      I would imagine that would possible, here is the contact details you need – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby#Contact%20us
      Kind regards
      Richard

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    Lee Humphreys - 9th July 2020

    Hi there. We are looking to scatter Ashes at the Glastonbury Tor. Could you please let me know who I would need to contact regarding permission to do so?
    Kind regards
    Lee

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      Richard Martin - 15th July 2020

      Dear Lee
      These are the contact details you need i am not sure if they would grant permission but it worth an ask.

      Kind regards
      Richard

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    Jennifer - 7th September 2019

    Hi there, my sister suddenly died in June this year. She had many happy memories of playing as a child at the landslip – bonchurch, Isle of Wight she also got engaged there. We would like to scatter her ashes there but are unsure as to whether this land belongs to national trust or the council? Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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      Richard Martin - 9th September 2019

      Hi Jennifer it appears to be owned by a community partnership project. I would approach this organisation https://gifttonature.org.uk/about/
      I hope this helps
      Regards
      Richard

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    Chris Hickson - 14th May 2019

    Hi , I was wondering what the procedure would be, if possible, to scatter my parents ashes at Tarn Hows in the Lake District. Please can you advise on how we could do this .
    Regards
    Chris

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      Richard Martin - 20th May 2019

      Dear Chris
      You would need to contact the part of the National Trust responsible for that area, I have looked it up for you https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tarn-hows-and-coniston#Contact%20us
      Kind regards
      Richard

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        David Henshall - 15th January 2020

        Hi
        My wife passed away in May 2019, we were married for 43 years. I was wondering if I could scatter her ashes at Castle Drogo as she loved going here with the family and was the last national Trust place she visited

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          Richard Martin - 17th January 2020

          Dear David that is a lovely idea it is such a lovely place. You will need to contact them directly. I found the contact details for you – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-drogo#Contact%20us

          I hope it works out for you.
          Regards
          Richard

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    Liz Milner - 28th January 2019

    Hi

    My dad passed away three years ago and I’m struggling to find a place where his ashes could be planted with a new tree as this was his wish. He spent many years participating in orienteering events in many beautiful wooded areas. I wondered if you could advise.
    Liz Milner

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    Steph - 28th September 2018

    Hello,
    I lost my mum suddenly last Sunday, in her will she has stated that she would like her ashes scattered opposite the coast guard cottages, on the cliffs at Minsmere, I am hoping this will be possible as it’s the final thing I can do for my mum, do you think this might be possible?
    Many thanks

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      Richard Martin - 3rd October 2018

      Dear Steph

      Thank you for contacting us, Minsmere is an RSPB not National Trust. It is a beautiful location, I am unsure whether they offer this service however I have looked up the information from you, this is their contact details I hope it proves useful – minsmere@rspb.org.uk / 01728 648281

      Kind regards
      Richard

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    Carolina - 14th August 2018

    My Dad passed away on Friday. Me and my brother decided we would like his ashes to be spread on Birling Gap beach, who would i need to contact to get a permission?

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      Ammon Enterprises Ltd - 14th August 2018

      Hi Carolina
      I am sorry to hear this.
      The National Trust Birling Gap office can be reached on 01323 423197.
      Kind regards

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    Michael handley - 9th August 2018

    My late wife’s favourite place was the great orme in Llandudno, is it possible to scatter some of her ashes there.

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      Richard Martin - 10th August 2018

      Dear Michael the site is owns and managed by Conwy County Borough Council you would need to contact them, I have looked up their contact page for you. I hope this helpshttp://www.conwy.gov.uk/en/Council/Contact-Us/Contact-us.aspx
      Regards
      Richard

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    Louise - 3rd August 2018

    I would be grateful if you could advise who we would need to contact to look at scattering ashes at or near Ashness Bridge in Keswick. Kind regards.

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      Ammon Enterprises Ltd - 3rd August 2018

      Hi Louise
      You would need to contact the local National Trust office, for Ashness Bridge I believe the telephone number is 01768 774649.
      Very best wishes

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    Angela Jackson - 1st August 2018

    Who would I need to contact to scatter my Fathers ashes in Plymbridge Woods, Plymouth? My Father spent many years volunteering there for the National Trust, working with the late Keith Hammond.
    Many thanks

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      Ammon Enterprises Ltd - 2nd August 2018

      Hi Angela
      You would need to contact the National Trust office at Plymbridge Woods, from a look on their website I can see their number is: 01752 341377.
      Very best wishes

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    Judith Hayes - 21st July 2018

    I wondered if I could scatter my Aunt’s ashes at Chartwell, she absolutely loved it there. If we were discreet, for example used the woods, would it be allowed?

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      Richard Martin - 23rd July 2018

      Dear Judith

      You would need to contact the site manager directly ask whether this is possible. I have looked them up for you: Telephone 01732868381 / Email chartwell@nationaltrust.org.uk
      Address Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1PS

      I hope that helps
      Kind regards
      Richard

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    William - 16th July 2018

    Hi there I would like to plant some ashes with a protected tree in Dunham Massey is this something that would be possible?

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      Richard Martin - 17th July 2018

      Dear William
      You would need to contact the estate directly to see if this is possible: 01619411025 / dunhammassey@nationaltrust.org.uk
      I hope this helps
      Regards
      Richard

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    Megan - 6th July 2018

    Hello, my mom has passed away recently and we have just had her ashes back. She absolutely LOVED Cannock Chase. My dad and I were wondering if there’s any way we could go about planting a tree with her ashes?
    Hope you can give us some advice in the right direction.
    Many kind regards.

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      Richard Martin - 9th July 2018

      Dear Megan
      I am sorry to hear the sad news about your mum. Cannock Chase is indeed lovely and great choice, however it is not owned by the National Trust it is Managed by Forestry Commision England, they tend to have a fairly negative approach to people memorialising in their forests. But it is always worth asking, I have had a look on the web for some contact details for you -Tel: 0300 067 4340 email:-cannock@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk
      All the best
      Richard

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    Margret - 1st February 2018

    I would like to spread my sons ashes on stock bridge downs Andover Hants but don’t know who I need to ask he liver to walk there

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      Richard Martin - 5th February 2018

      Dear Margret

      The site is owned by the National Trust, but there is no site manager referenced as such I would use the main contact page for the National Trust – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/contact-us

      I hope that helps

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    Mrs V Ambrose - 13th August 2017

    I would like my husbands ashes to be scattered at Nymans Garden if, possible,
    , This was a particular favourite place,of his.. Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated..
    Many thanks

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      Ammon Enterprises Ltd - 14th August 2017

      Hi there
      We would advise calling the Nymans Garden office directly, their number is: 01444 405250.
      I hope they can help.
      Best wishes
      Hannah

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