Who owns Muchwood?
EP Brand (Farmers) Ltd own Muchwood. They are a local farming partnership and have been in business for over 60 years. In 1999 the opportunity came up to purchase the site and they saw an opportunity to provide an alternative burial ground for local people who did not necessarily want their final resting place to be in a crowded churchyard.
Can I pay in instalments for a reservation?
We do not currently offer payment in instalments as there are many financial regulations that need to be implemented if a company does this, as well as our risk if you cannot keep up the payments.
As we are a small business, we decided to keep things simple with full payment in advance. If you would prefer to pay in instalments we recommend paying into a personal savings account until full purchase price is reached.
What happens to my money?
The money that you pay for purchasing a reservation is used within the company to maintain the site, ensuring that it is kept natural but neat, today and in the future.
What if Muchwood goes into liquidation?
EP Brand (Farmers) Ltd have been in business for over 60 years and are a thriving arable farming business today. In the unlikely event that Muchwood goes into administration, the farm land owned by the company is substantial.
What if Muchwood is sold?
When the land was purchased in 1999 there was a condition of sale that stated that the land will be a burial ground in perpetuity and never be used for building on. This condition will still be applicable should Muchwood ever be sold.
Do you do double depth plots?
We do not sell double depth plots as we do not like to re-open the grave once closed. Adjacent plots can be purchased as an alternative to this.
Do you bury pets at Muchwood?
We do not bury pets at Muchwood but we do allow pets ashes (in a sealed container) to be included inside an owners coffin or ashes urn.
Can I bury two lots of ashes in one plot?
Yes we allow a maximum of two lots of ashes (in urns or ashes caskets) to be buried in one half grave plot, at the same time at no extra cost.
Can I have a memorial bench?
We only allow a limited number of benches, so that the site is not overcrowded with them. We have a waiting list and when a bench is too weathered and in disrepair we will replace it with the next one on the list. This gives everyone an opportunity to have one. You can purchase a hardwood bench with wooden name plaque from us so please see our price list. If you would like to go on our list please contact us.
Are there any restrictions due to Covid-19?
As burials at Muchwood take place outside in the open air there are more favourable guidelines on numbers attending funerals here, than in churches or crematoriums. Graveside services can be religious, with a minister attending, non-religious with a humanist or celebrant attending or simply a family gathering to remember loved ones. So whether you are attending a funeral or just visiting Muchwood we ask all friends and relatives to help themselves and others by respecting the current social distancing guidelines, the wearing of masks and taking precautions to minimise the spread of infection. We also have a toilet on site which has hand sanitizer for the use of guests. If members of your family cannot attend because they are vulnerable, remote participation via live-streaming or video recording of the event is available. Please ask your funeral director for more information. Please note that if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 you should not attend a funeral. You should immediately self-isolate as per the latest NHS guidelines.