Down to Earth (NI) will hold monthly meetings at Paddy's Barn, Saul, Downpatrick this Saturday March 25 2017. The informal drop in style event will run from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. These are public meetings, so please feel free to come along and find out more about Northern Ireland's only woodland burial service.

Check out the proposed 2017 Down to Earth site plan.

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The proposed site plan
The proposed site plan
The new Down to Earth NI Website
The new Down to Earth NI Website

Down to Earth have launched their new Website where you will find out information about our project and latest news and videos

You will be able to keep up to date on the progress of our Woodland Burial site

Land 

Pending successful planning we have secured a very special place to create Northern Ireland’s first woodland burial ground. Many graveyards in Northern Ireland have a deep sense of history, lend themselves to reflection and seem to blend naturally into the landscape. We want to build on this tradition of sensitivity with the past and harmony with nature. In a few decades the land we develop as a woodland burial site will be a beautiful forest, a natural memorial that is protected in perpetuity. 

Who we are?

A group of people who are committed to developing the first woodland burial site in Northern Ireland. We are Gill McNeill, James Orr, Elizabeth Rice, Catherine McWilliams, Sheena Bradley, Ciara Campbell-Crawford and Miriam Shields. What we also share is a search for meaning or ritual and a deep sense of responsibility to nature. We have no ideological or religious agenda and are bound together by a desire to do the right thing for people who are going through a loss and to restore land to ecological health. Some of us have a faith (part of the woodland burial site can be consecrated if people wish) others do not. We have a background in ecology, green business, arts, crafts and marketing. We share a concern that conventional funerals are unnecessarily expensive and that: land should not become poisoned  and polluted; funerals should be personalised; the natural aesthetics of a graveyard should convey beauty and tranquillity.

Down to Earth NI, a new community-led, environmentally aware burial project launched a share offer today in what it is hoped will become Northern Ireland’s first woodland burial site in County Down. Keynote speaker, Peter Owen-Jones, famous for bringing the successful BBC Around the World in 80 Faiths to our screens, is also an Anglican Minister and Director of a similar burial project in South East England.

The Community Benefit Society, Down To Earth, aims to raise £40,000. Minimum share investment starts at £800 for the purchase of shares to fund planning, site preparation and initial running costs for the woodland burial ground. 

Down to Earth NI, a new community-led, environmentally aware burial project which launched a share offer in January, are edging closer to their goal of becoming Northern Ireland’s first woodland burial provider. “The response to date has been most encouraging and we are on track to meet our target later this month.” Commented Society director, James Orr.

The Community Benefit Society, Down To Earth, aims to raise £40,000 by Friday 24 April. Minimum share investment starts at £800 for the purchase of shares to fund planning, site preparation and initial running costs for the woodland burial ground. 

Rising demand for burials in Northern Ireland, limited space and the unavailability of burial plots in most areas makes the proposition to work towards the establishment of a woodland burial ground interesting.