Next month’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show will, for the first time, host a garden that has taken its inspiration from a woodland burial park.
GreenAcres Woodland Burials provides over 150 acres of mature English woodland across various locations in the UK, for those seeking a more gentle, final goodbye amidst the trees.
It was from one of its woodland burial parks that designer David Sarton drew his inspiration. Called Athanasia, Sarton describes his garden as offering a calming retreat from the turmoil of modern life. His inspiration came from the sudden death of a very close friend: Emma Peios died in 2012 from leukemia, Sarton explains. She was a proud mother, loving wife and talented horticultural photographer: she was also a founder member of the Professional Garden Photography Association (PGP).
Peios was buried at GreenAcres Woodland Burial Park in Epping Forest. The tranquil environment of the park, the atmosphere and the lovely relaxed service were the inspiration for this garden, Sarton says.
GreenAcres Woodland Burials has sites in Buckinghamshire, Essex, Norfolk and Liverpool, with more to follow next year.