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Green Funerals

The Natural Choice

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The body can be buried in a biodegradable coffin made of natural materials, or it may be wrapped in a simple shroud instead.
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Woodland burial grounds
Woodland burial plots are set amongst trees and wildflowers, providing a pleasant setting for families to bury their loved ones. It’s also possible to bury or scatter the cremated ashes of a loved one within woodland burial grounds.
Eco-Friendly Hearse
We’re launching three fully electric hearses into our existing fleet of ceremonial vehicles for those who’d like to reduce the carbon footprint of their final journey.

Green Funerals

Green Funerals

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Featuring the very first affordable fully electric Hearse, the Wilcox Nissan Leaf Hearse

Green funerals is proud to use our fully electric hearse, Ideal for the environmentally conscious and future thinkers. The Nissan Leaf hearse has zero emissions while maintaining the professional and sleek design of a traditional funeral vehicle. Based on the chassis of the versatile Nissan Leaf Tekna, the all-electric hearse heralds a new era in not only automotive thinking but funeral vehicles today and for the future.

Being completely electric has a significantly reduced impact on the environment. Forward thinking with the future clearly in mind this vehicle provides transportation for the future, today. The all electric hearse provides not only a lack in environmental pollution but also a drastic reduction in noise pollution. The longer wheel-base and completely new exterior design provides the same gravitas and elegance you would expect from a leading coach builder combined with all the electronic knowhow to make for the smoothest journey possible. The high visibility, large deck area, large rear and side glass panels ensure coffins and flowers are easily seen with surprising available space on a smaller footprint.

The Somerset Willow Coffin

Giving back to the earth

WILLOW COFFINS

All of our willow coffins are lovingly handcrafted by experienced basket makers, using age-old skills honed for over four generations. Every detail is important to us and is crafted with the utmost care and dedication. Each wicker coffin can be personalised with a beautiful selection of coloured bands and handles upon the family’s request. In addition, we can weave into the willow coffin, matching crosses, symbols and designs should this be the wish of the family. Somerset Willow Coffins™ make for the perfect tribute for the environmentally conscious individual seeking to have a greener send-off.

TRADITIONAL WILLOW COFFINS

Our Traditional Willow coffins, also known as wicker coffins, feature tapered square ends, beautifully plaited edging and natural hand-woven willow handles. A lasting legacy and a personal tribute made with the original care and dedication that has driven our family business for over four generations.

CURVED WILLOW COFFINS

Our Curved Willow coffins, also known as wicker coffins, feature tapered round ends, beautifully plaited edging and natural hand-woven willow handles. A lasting legacy and a personal tribute made with the original care and dedication that has driven our family business for over four generations.
Each willow coffin is carefully handcrafted to every individual request. Choose from two main colour finishes, buff or gold willow. Then select from one of 13 natural hand-dyed colours to personalise bands of woven willow into the coffin. Choose natural willow, rope or woven handles in complimenting colours, paying subtle homage to your loved one.

You can be sure you will receive nothing less than exceptional craftsmanship. Every coffin is finished with our company badge, symbolising the quality and heritage of all our willow coffins.

Colour Finishes

Choose from two main colour finishes
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Buff

Our natural buff willow finish ranges from a dark orange hue to a chestnut-brown appearance. The colouration comes from the willow being boiled for over eight hours before being stripped ready for use. Willow is a coppice material and grows naturally from a crown, the crowns are arranged in rows which are harvested annually.

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Weatherbeaten Gold™

Weatherbeaten Gold is our signature finish. The willow has a golden hue which holds a subtle weathered appearance. For Weatherbeaten Gold we keep back the lightest harvest willow, we then boil for over 8 hours before stripping and treating to produce this unique colour.

Hand-dyed Colours

If you like you can select colours of hand-dyed willow to be carefully woven into distinctive bands around the top and bottom of your coffin, in addition you can also have matching handles. The dye used in our colouring process is a natural fabric dye derived from natural salts and colouring agents.

Tailor made Eco-Coffins

We pioneered our willow coffins in 1998, providing a natural alternative to traditional options, helping to evolve the celebration of life. Each willow coffin is made entirely by hand, using traditional techniques which have remained unchanged for generations. Willow is the perfect material, environmentally considerate to the earth, yet beautiful when woven.

Every Process is Important

We’re passionate about willow, this is reflected in everything we do, from the tiny tender shoots we plant and nurture, to the final piece of willow we craft into a wicker coffin as a finishing touch. Every detail matters and this ensures we deliver nothing less than an exceptional product.

THE ENVIRONMENT

You can take comfort knowing our willow coffins are the mindful choice for the environmentally conscious. Willow has long been known for its positive environmental benefits, particularly it’s renewable and ecological properties. Willow is a sound alternative to conventional materials such as particleboard, plastic and metal.
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SUSTAINABLE

Did you know, the manufacturing process for one of our willow coffins releases 60% less CO₂ than a conventional particleboard coffin. Willow is carbon negative and during the growth of the willow crop, CO₂ becomes trapped under the soil reducing the amount of CO₂ released into the atmosphere. When this is taken into account, our coffins’ net CO₂ emissions as a result of production, are as little as one-third of that of a particleboard coffin

RENEWABLE

Willow is grown in rows of bushes on the Somerset levels. We begin harvesting our willow in late autumn. Once cut our willow will regenerate back to the same height within a single year. Willow enjoys rapid growth, is highly renewable, and the number one reason it’s used as a crop for biomass energy. Once planted, a willow crown will last up to 60 years before needing to be renewed, in that time only the most basic of maintenance is required.

BIODEGRADABLE

Our willow coffins are completely bio-degradable, the coffin structure, the handles and the lid, including all the linings are totally natural. We’re committed to not using glues, resins or metal in the manufacture of our willow coffins. This helps to contribute towards the coffin being able to decompose much more quickly than conventional options such as MDF and chipboard.

ENVIRONMENTAL

The willow we grow integrates with its surrounding land exceptionally well, providing a natural habitat for many species of wetland birds and animals. When grown as a short rotation coppice, our willow has a much higher water consumption than agricultural crops. In flood-affected areas, this helps to take the pressure off the natural landscape. In addition, willow is used as a natural engineering solution to tackle a range of conditions such as; biofiltration, constructed wetlands, ecological wastewater treatment, hedges, land reclamation, bioengineering, slope stabilisation and soil erosion control. 

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Green Funeral Plan*

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£ 4415*
  • Professional Fees
  • Care & Preparation of Deceased
    No embalming, including dressing in own clothes
  • Removal Into Our Care
    Between 8:30 – 17:00 within 50 miles. Additional charge may incur depending of locating due to distance
  • Electric Hearse & Bearers
    Electric Hearse & Bearers 50% radius on our Haslemere office. Additional charge may incur depending on your chosen location due to distance
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