Es­tate is new site for green grave­yard

Macclesfield Express - - BARNABY FESTIVAL - DANIELLE ROPER

ANEW ‘green’ grave­yard has opened in Adling- ton.

The pri­vate 26-acre burial ground on the Adling­ton Hall es­tate is owned by lo­cal busi­ness­man Mark Simp­kin and his wife, TV’s Heart­beat ac­tress Tricia Pen­rose.

It will of­fer en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly burial plots in a field of wild flow­ers where every­thing, in­clud­ing the cof­fin, must be biodegrad­able.

Scores of peo­ple in­clud­ing lo­cal clergy, fu­neral direc­tors and the Mayor of Bolling­ton, Al­lan Wil­liams, en­joyed tea, scones and a guided tour of the site, which Mark, 44, de­scribes as ‘a park’.

The cou­ple, who have two sons, de­cided to de­velop the site af­ter buy­ing a re­dun­dant church in Bolling­ton five years ago and dis­cov­er­ing most of the church grave­yards in Mac­cles­field and sur­round­ing ar­eas were full.

He said: “With many lo­cal grave­yards full we wanted to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful, al­ter­na­tive en­vi­ron­ment so peo­ple now have a choice.

“We had loads of posi- tive feed­back at the open day.

“As only biodegrad­able ma­te­ri­als are al­lowed, it won’t tick the boxes for peo­ple who want photos and mem­o­ra­bilia around the grave and we un­der­stand that, but we wanted to give peo­ple the op­tion.”

The site, which has at­tracted more than 200 en­quiries from as far away as America about buy­ing plots, of­fers peo­ple the choice of be­ing buried in wooden or wicker coffins but there must be no metal or var­nish. Both the body and ashes burial plots will have me­mo­rial plaques made from lo­cally sourced stone and a tree for life scheme will al­low peo­ple to buy and plant trees.

The cou­ple say they wanted to cre­ate some­where beau­ti­ful rather than spooky.

Tr­ish, 46, said: “As a child I found tra­di­tional Vic­to­rian grave­yards scary and un­pleas­ant. We wanted ours to feel like a nat­u­ral open park, a place to sit, walk and re­flect.”

Mark added: “You can’t see any up­right stones.

“It’s a park and the wild flow­ers at­tract wildlife which makes it a great space to clear your head.”

Bolling­ton fu­neral director Jeremy Unsworth de­scribed the new me­mo­rial ground as ‘won­der­ful’.

He said: “We’ve been very re­stricted on the options we’ve been able to of­fer un­til now as of­ten fam­i­lies want to be laid to rest next to each other.

“It’s su­per Mark and Tricia have recog­nised the re­quire­ment and in­vested the time and money to cre­ate the park.”

●● Hus­band and wife Mark Simp­kin and Tricia Pen­rose, in­set, have opened an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly burial ground on the Adling­ton Hall

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