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Scattering ashes at Milton Keynes’ Cathedral of Trees


I always love adding new locations to the list of where people can scatter their loved ones ashes, but I particularly like this one maybe because of the splendid symbolism and also because of the thought that had gone into allowing people to scatter their ashes there.

Milton Keynes’s has a Cathedral of Trees –,a unique space design planted in 1986 by landscape architect Neil Higson. To be honest I had never heard of it but I love the concept, the layout is based on Norwich Cathedral (Why Norwich? – no idea) the different species of trees to represent the character of the cathedral’s sections: evergreens to represent the central tower and spires, hornbeam and tall-growing lime for the nave, and flowering cherry and apple as a focus in the chapels. – How good is that!

Anyway, the Trust responsible for the green spaces within the city, applied for and obtained planning permission to use the Newlands site as a ‘green burial ground’ (Interesting that MK planning authorities have classified ashes scattering or burial as green burial).

Briony Serginson, head of community engagement for the charity, said: “Over the years many people have asked us if they can scatter ashes or have memorials in our parks.

“We felt that the Cathedral of Trees, one of MK’s best-kept secrets, would be an ideal place for this and that, if managed very carefully and sensitively, we can preserve its unique and special nature as a peaceful, natural haven.”

Ashes will be permitted in three areas

  • The woodland walk – where ashes can be scattered on the ground.
  • The Cathedral Meadow and the Tree Cathedral itself where earth can be lifted before the ashes are scattered or the ashes can be interred in an earthen grave.

More than this, the people behind have considered how locations should be marked – with spring bulbs and meadow flowers. Find out latest costs on their website

So top marks to the Trust – we love this and what you are doing.



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