Riverside Funeral Services, Spalding

Birdsong Green Burial Site

Birdsong Green Burial Site


Green burial provides a natural
resting place for our loved ones.

Graves are dug in a meadow and marked by
planting a native tree or wild flowers.

The undertaker of your choice may be used.

Fully biodegradable floral tributes may be left.

Interment or scattering of ashes.

All faiths welcome.

    Birdsong Green Burial Site is located midway between Willoughby and Sloothby
     approximately 3 miles south of Alford, in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire.
Mill Lane, Sloothby, Nr Alford, Lincolnshire, LN13 9NW



We share the concern felt by many people at the loss of trees and wildlife. Burial facilities can be designed to offer many benefits to wildlife whilst also introducing a greater choice for the bereaved.

Birdsong offers a 'return to nature' for those who wish to be buried with trees and among birds, mammals and wild flowers.

The new woodland will provide a living memorial, one that will provide pleasure and benefit to future generations.

Green Burial

Green burial provides a natural resting place for our loved ones. Graves are marked by planting, at the appropriate time of year, a small native tree (e.g. oak, beech, hornbeam), or if desired wild flowers.

Gradually over the years the woodland will develop along with its population of birds and small mammals.

To maintain the natural surroundings headstones and other graveside memorials are not permitted, but a wooden nest box may be hung.

Fully biodegradable floral tributes may be left on graves.

Birdsong frees friends and relatives from the worry of tending a formal grave.


The position of each grave is carefully recorded and marked on a plan.

A small personalised metal plate will be placed below soil level in each grave to confirm the exact site.


Burial must take place in a biodegradable casket. It may be constructed from non-rain forest wood, wicker, bamboo or cardboard.

A simple woolen shroud is also acceptable.

Cremated remains may be scattered or buried in biodegradable caskets.

Funeral Arrangements

Birdsong is for people of all faiths. Graves will not be reserved for specific religions and the deceased of varying faiths will be buried in the same area.

Traditional funeral patterns do not have to be rigidly followed. The vast majority of families choose to use a funeral director but it is possible for families to organise everything themselves. It is your choice whether you have a religious service, a secular service or an informal gathering.

Green burial offers a new option to those who have no children or relatives, or are opposed to them being committed to caring for a traditional grave and memorial. Nature will care for the grave, and the neglect of an none-visited memorial will not arise.

To protect the environment embalming is strictly forbidden.