East Hampshire natural burial ground is delayed

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NO successful bids have been made to run a natural burial ground.

East Hampshire District Council says it will continue its search for an operator to run the natural burial ground, between Grayshott and Headley, after a tender process produced no submissions that met the necessary criteria.

Councillor Richard Millard, who is in charge of assets and contracts for the council, said: ‘Unfortunately we did not receive a bid that was compliant with the council’s stringent requirements and we can’t compromise on this important project for the local area.

‘This is not the end of the story, it is just a chapter in the book. The council is still committed to delivering a natural burial ground on this site.’

Heatherley Wood was previously used for commercial purposes but has been turned back into green heathland. It will cater for those who have chosen an environmentally-friendly burial. Natural burials use sustainable burial practices, such as coffins made of bio-degradable materials.

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