Bids wanted for natural burial ground in East Hampshire

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NATURAL burial ground operators are being sought for a new burial ground in East Hampshire.

There are only a few days left to make a bid to run the new ground – but only operators with expertise and a proven track record should apply.

The project is being run by East Hampshire District Council, which owns the land and is keen to recruit a business partner to manage the site.

Companies have until midday on May 15 to compile and register their interest for the tender.

The ground, called Heatherley Wood, is between the villages of Grayshott and Headley.

It was previously used for commercial purposes but has been turned back into green heathland after landscaping and planting work.

It will cater for those who have chosen a more ecological and environmentally-friendly burial.

Natural burials, also called woodland or green burials, use sustainable burial practices, such as coffins made of bio-degradable materials, and planting memorial trees instead of head stones.

Natural burials are not affiliated to any religion and all are welcome to request a burial and have a service of interment.

Councillor Richard Millard said: ‘We are looking to strike up a partnership with an experienced operator to make the most of this fantastic opportunity.’

The contract specification and registration of interest form can be found at businessportal.southeastiep.gov.uk

The full tender documentation and timetable will be sent out in the post.