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Scattering Ashes Policy at Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood

Scattering Ashes at Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood

Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood are cherished natural reserves located in Leicestershire, England. Bradgate Park is known for its historic ruins, deer herds, and stunning landscapes, while Swithland Wood is celebrated for its ancient woodlands and biodiversity. Both sites offer serene environments ideal for reflection and remembrance.

Guidelines for Scattering Ashes

If you wish to scatter ashes at Bradgate Park or Swithland Wood, please be aware that the Trust regulates this activity to protect the environment and wildlife. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Contact the Estate Office: The next of kin or the executor of the will should contact our Estate Office. You can reach us by phone at 0116 236 2713 or email at We will assist you wherever possible and ask for a donation towards the work of the Charity.
  2. Arrangements: A Ranger will respectfully join your group to offer advice, assistance, and transport if needed. You will need to bring a copy of the Certificate of Cremation.
  3. Scattering the Ashes: Ensure the ashes are scattered evenly. Be mindful of other visitors and consider the wind direction to avoid any disturbance.
  4. Mementos: You are not allowed to leave mementos where the ashes are scattered, except for flowers (fresh or dried) with all non-biodegradable wrapping removed.

Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood provide a peaceful setting for saying goodbye to loved ones. By following these guidelines, you help us maintain the beauty and integrity of these special places.

Additional Considerations

When planning to scatter ashes, consider the time of day and the expected number of visitors to ensure a quiet and respectful experience. Early mornings or weekdays often offer more privacy. Additionally, please be aware that certain areas may be more suitable for scattering ashes than others, based on environmental sensitivity and visitor traffic. The Estate Office can provide specific guidance

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