Hinton Park is situated in a sprawling green countryside area on the hills of Dorset, in southern England. It is the ideal spot to come and lay out a cloth and have blueberry muffins, ginger beer and a few prawn cocktail sandwiches. Bluebells grows wild under most of the trees and tiny streams flow gently through small brooks and woodlands. There are a number of tiny well trodden pathways for the visitor to stroll through glade woodland, over small bridges crossing a variety of tricking babbling brooks and plenty of daisies for the children to make a chain or three.
However there is one subtle difference about Hinton Park that sets it apart from all the rest. Underneath the sprawling acres of green and English meadowlands, about 6,000 dead people happened to be buried here. Eco-friendly burial sites have been becoming a huge success in Britain, without it actually becoming common knowledge. In fact there are as many as 300 operating today across the nation, and Hinton Park is easily one of the largest among them.
Britons are changing the way we wish to be buried in ways never thought possible before. If we go back to 1960, only around 35 percent of all funerals were cremations, that figure is now at 75 percent. What has caused this dramatic shift in the desire to cremate a body rather than bury in a plot in a churchyard? Most churches across England and Wales are very limited in space and burial plots are generally full in most church gardens.
The rising cost of funerals means cremations are slightly cheaper than a burial under the ground in a cemetery, plus there has been a sharp decline in the number of people following Christianity in the last 50 years.
Rather than the traditional wooden coffins most burials are used for, environmentally-friendly deceased people have asked in their wills to be buried in a coffin made from wicker or bamboo. Bamboo decomposes in the soil much faster than wood and one of Britain’s largest funeral directors now uses bamboo and wicker coffins. The Co-operative Funeral Care has around one-fifth of the funeral market in Great Britain and many of the coffins it uses are imported from Bangladesh, where they are made using fair trade regulations.