From The (London, U.K.) Sunday Times of Oct. 9, 2005:
Farmers targeted in hunt for green gravesAren't there some baby seals we should save before we start worrying about the gravestones littering our countrysides?
MORE people than ever want to take their environmental concerns with them to the grave — quite literally. As a result, Irish landowners are being asked to provide plots for the country’s first-ever environmentally friendly burial sites.
[Judith] Hoad, a herbalist and writer whose husband lies beneath an apple tree in her garden in Inver in Co Donegal, said: “Natural burials are a greener, more environmentally friendly form of departure from the earth. A site of land is made available and it can be privately owned or run by a council. It can be woodland or a nature conservation area or just a field or wild garden. There are trees and bushes, wildlife and fauna rather than gravestones, flower arrangements, gravel and mowed lawns.
People use eco-friendly coffins that allow their bodies to join the food chain as compost and feed other living things.”
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