Sunday 23 July 2017

Plots in first eco-friendly graveyard spark lively interest

Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

UP to 100 people have bought plots in Ireland's first natural graveyard, which is due to open next weekend.

Interest in the 7.5-acre site at Woodbrook House, close to the village of Killane in Co Wexford, has been expressed from people of all ages from the south-east, and from as far away as the US and Canada.

An open day will be held next Saturday to provide more details about the scheme, which was granted planning permission during the summer.

Colin McAteer (34), of The Green Grave Yard Company, said hundreds of people had been requesting information about the eco-friendly venture.

Conventional marble headstones and concrete surrounds will be replaced by native Irish trees and small grave markers. The latter would be no larger than 12 inches square and be formed from locally carved stone or wood.

Coffins will be allowed, but they must be made from environmentally friendly materials and not be varnished with brass handles or constructed using hard-wood. A 200 metre driveway lined with mature chestnut trees will lead up to the site, which lies close to the foot of the Blackstairs Mountains.

Mr McAteer said the site would have capacity for about 5,000 plots, which cost €715 for a single, €1,362 for a double and €2,610 for a family.

Irish Independent

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