Woodland Burials

The Hazel Grove is an area of consecrated ground beyond the walls of the original churchyard. It is rich in wildflowers throughout much of the year, and is managed as an extension of the award-winning churchyard at Thorpe Market in accordance with advice from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. There are mature hazel and oak trees, and a pond that encourages birds and insects.

The practice of cremation now accounts for about 70% of all funerals. Crematoriums, however, are often very busy places, and do not always offer a suitable atmosphere for private remembrance. The Hazel Grove will offer the option of a more peaceful resting place, with public access available every day of the year.

From January 2003 this wooded site has been available for the interment of ashes. It is administered by a trust under the auspices of the incumbent and Parochial Church Council. A fund has been established for future churchyard maintenance. The new area is managed for the benefit of the plants and animals in a way that preserves the natural beauty of the site.