Clayton Wood Natural Burial Ground

Clayton Wood is one of the not so many burial grounds to be located right inside a National Park. The burial ground which was opened in 2008, is a tranquil and peaceful place to let your loved one rest eternally. The natural burial ground is positioned below the Jack and Jill Windmills and set amidst the South Downs National Park’s rolling hills. Clayton Wood is currently developing a new beautiful English wood for the future and the countryside spanning 15 acres will be safeguarded from development.

Burials and funerals

The Clayton Wood Natural Burial Ground has marked out areas for all-round natural burials and cremated remains. Enclosed within fine specimens of native trees are memorial scattering lawns, all put there not only for the present generations to appreciate, but for future generations to enjoy.

Clayton Wood is an ideal option for any kind of funeral service, whether religious or non-religious. The burial ground’s facilities easily match those of any conventional chapel or crematorium you can think of. Also, while many local authority cemeteries charge extra costs to those who don’t live within the area, Clayton Wood charges everyone equally. To ensure that Clayton remains at the highest standards, the burial grounds follow the Association of Natural Burial Grounds’ code of conduct.

Clayton Wood’s vision and community involvement

Clayton Wood is focused on fostering native wildlife and helping it to thrive, in a bid to preserve that part of the countryside. The task, which is right on track, is to create a gorgeous wood for the future that will serve as a tranquil place for friends and family to visit. Clayton Wood is very invested and actively involved with the local community as they commit to being part of positive difference to South Downs communities. They often partner with various organisations with similar goals and values to tackle problems the local community considers to be important.

Natural woodland burials

Clayton Wood is the perfect location for those seeking out a natural woodland burial. Now more than ever, many people are not so keen on more conventional burials as they are more interested in burials that suit their modern lifestyles better. Because Clayton Wood focuses on conserving the wood land, promoting carbon neutrality, and supporting environmental friendliness, it is an ideal option for those who are in need of a greener alternative.

Plot locations

The Clayton Wood burial grounds have various plot locations which vary in terms of price and are well suited to varying budget sizes. But regardless of which plot you choose, you can be sure it will be a stunning setting nonetheless. The plot locations include Pond View, the Avenue, Oak Leaf, Buttercup Meadow, Poppy Meadow, and the Glades. Not to worry, our caring staff at Sussex Funerals will walk you through the plots and help you pick the option best suited to your needs. Call us today to find out more, including the kind of bio-degradable caskets or urns we are able to provide.

Typical Cremation Funeral £3,153 (fully inclusive)

Funeral Director Fees

Our professional fee

Transport Of The Coffin

Formal hearse (silver cars are extra)
£230 (includes 1 x Bearer)
£35 each (unless you have enough family bearers to carry)

Funeral Celebrants And Ministers

Independent funeral celebrant
From £200
Or religious minister


£691 (or £480 for the early 9.30am or 10am slot)
The Downs


Doctors fee (unless subject to post mortem)
£82 (per doctor) During this current Covid-19 crisis, only one doctor is required

A Typical Example Of A Cremation Funeral Service

Our professional fee
Coffin: Our standard oak veneered ‘Ardingly’
Crematorium fee
Doctors fee

Please note: Our Professional Fee includes Initial Consultation, Follow-up meetings / calls, Advice, Support, Arrangements and Administration; Collection of the deceased from hospital or Mortuary; Care of the deceased up until day of the funeral; Preparations & viewing arrangements & Support; Ensuring all relevant papers are completed correctly and submitted; Collection & Care of the cremated remains (up to 3 months storage); Administering donations; Funeral Director on the day of funeral to manage & assist with the funeral.

Other Expenses To Consider

Home / Nursing Home Collection during Office hours
Out of hours callout** – see below for explanation
Order of services
Newspaper notices
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