Old Park Meadow Natural Burial Ground in Essex

Tucked away in a secluded part of the Essex countryside, Old Park Meadow Natural Burial Ground near Chelmsford has 34 acres of beautiful woodland and wildflower meadows – offering a peaceful final resting place for those looking for a natural or woodland burial.

Extensively planted with trees, wildflowers and grasses, the site is a natural haven for plants and wildlife and its colourful remembrance garden can be enjoyed all year round.

If your loved one or friend was passionate about caring for the environment, loved wildlife or was a keen gardener then a natural burial could be the ideal way to mark their life. 

Woodland Burials and Green Funerals

There are no statues or headstones in the woodlands or flower fields; they remain natural and free from non-biodegradable materials. Families are welcome to place engraved slate tablets, which are maintenance free and won’t fall into disrepair. Over time all graves at Old Park Meadow will become a living memorial and enable trees and plants to thrive.

Whether you are looking for a humanist, secular or religious funeral, Old Park can accommodate all and welcomes people from a variety of backgrounds. Services are not limited to one hour, there are no queues to get in and no rush to leave – you can take the time you need.

Eco-friendly Funerals for All

Woodland funeralsPlease speak to your Co-op Funeral Director about organising a service at Old Park Lodge – a stunning wooden and glass building, in-keeping with the natural environment and purposefully-designed to bring the outside inside.

The Lodge can host over 200 people and features a separate light space which is perfect for family greetings and wakes. The building has large folding doors can be opened on sunny days, bringing guests closer to nature during a time of celebration and contemplation.

The Lodge has excellent acoustics and a hearing loop installed, plus easy access for wheelchair users and air conditioning for comfort. Pre-ceremony tea and refreshments are available and full catering for wakes.

Located in a countryside location between Chelmsford and Great Dunmow, on the Dunmow Road (B1008), Old Park Meadow has parking on-site for up to 48 vehicles, including four disabled bays. You do not need an appointment to visit, many visitors come to enjoy the picturesque surroundings and take a wander around the young woodland.


Old Park Meadow Natural Burial Ground
Coppice Lane
North End
Essex CM6 3XB (sat nav CM6 3PL)