Burial space

Burial space in England could run out in 20 years

Tim Morris, from the Institute of Cemetery and Crematoria Management, said: “Money needed to build new cemeteries could be saved, and spent on the living, through the re-use of graves,” he said.

He said such a move would involve lifting out remains from graves that are more than 75-years-old, burying them deeper in the same grave and then re-using the space on top.

A 2007 law permits this in London cemeteries but does not yet apply to the rest of England.

The City of London Cemetery, which is run by the City of London Corporation, is the only cemetery preparing to “lift and deepen”.

Gary Burks, superintendent of the cemetery, said: “I believe that is achievable and acceptable. And I feel that it’s appropriate for the world we live in.


About Egidius Kuhlmann

Reading about peak-oil, overpopulation, “Terra Preta” and biochar in 2009 and after making batches biochar for soil improvement from garden residue, I thought, why not make biochar from corpses. Deeply worried about the unsustainable path 'we' as humanity have taken, I see a future where fossil fuels are scarce, the western economic growth model in tatters, the global temperature rises due to the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere with an growing population reaching billions more humans than is sustainable? Thinking along those paths, the question “how can we dispose so efficiently and with the least amount of energy of human remains” became the starting point.
This entry was posted in Burial, practices. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.