Clandon Wood Natural Burial Reserve in the Surrey Hills has just been voted Cemetery of the Year at the Good Funeral Awards 2014. Clandon Wood is a special memorial landscape that provides some therapeutic benefit to the bereaved and is located on the outskirts of Guildford in West Clandon.
The Good Funeral Awards celebrate the achievements of practitioners who, through a combination of high professionalism and human kindness, enable bereaved people to create great funerals. The awards are conferred by judges appointed by the Good Funeral Guide; a not-for-profit consumer advice and advocacy organisation.
Fran Hall, Operations Manager at Clandon Wood commented, “We are absolutely delighted to win the title of Best Cemetery of the Year at the 2014 Good Funeral Awards. Winning the accolade of Best Cemetery of the Year will help us to promote the valuable work we are doing at Clandon Wood and reach many people who perhaps haven’t realised that a natural burial is another option available to them.”
Judges said that one of the reasons that Clandon Wood won, was due to a combination of outstanding client care, combined with the creation of a sacred space.
Charles Cowling, director of the Good Funeral Guide also added, “This is where we get to shine a spotlight on those many unsung heroes who work so hard for the bereaved and who can be so easily overlooked. The world needs to know that some of the nicest people in Britain work in the funeral industry, helping to make a sad time so much less of an ordeal. Clandon Wood is a forward-thinking, ground-breaking burial ground with empathetic staff, whose commitment to natural burial has made it a formidable force for good.”
Clandon Wood officially opened in June 2013 and this is the third prestigious accolade the site has won this year. It was recently awarded Green Flag status by the Keep Britain Tidy charity on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government and judged The Best Natural Burial Ground in the UK. It is also the first natural burial ground to join forces with a local authority, providing Mole Valley District Council with their burial provision for when they run out of space in a few years’ time.
Information and images provided by Dani Maimone