Bargoed Natural Burials is a business owned and managed by Keith Hall with assistance from his mother, Sally Hall. The burial site is at Allt-y-Garreg woodland and is part of the family farm, some 180 acres of land which has been managed mainly for wildlife for nearly thirty years. The creation of a natural burial site was considered to be an appropriate way of helping to safeguard the land for wildlife habitat for the future, as well as following on with their ethos of helping to protect the environment. The natural burial site is on two of four fields that were planted with over eighteen thousand indigenous trees in 2012. The trees surround circular wildflower meadows. Sally did a lot of the planting herself with assistance from Keith and Brynmor Dafys, our woodland manager.
For well over fifty years Sally has been a keen environmentalist and passionate about wildlife. She regularly monitors flora and fauna on the farm, reporting results to the BTO, Garden Moth Scheme, Butterfly Conservation, RSPB and WWBIC. She co-founded the Association for Environmental Conscious Building in 1989. Keith was brought up to respect and protect the environment and our precious flora and fauna. They live a low impact lifestyle at the farmhouse. This was completely renovated in 1994 using high levels of insulation and safe, healthy materials. It is run on renewable power (solar, wind and water).
List of species
The list below is species we have seen on the site over the last ten years. If you visit and see anything that is not on the list please do let us know.
Small Leaf Lime
Alder Buckthorn and Sea Buckthorn
Greater spotted woodpecker
Long tailed tit