About Leafy Lane Woods
Leafy Lane Woods was originally part of the arboretum of nearby Rudloe Manor (now the Rudloe Arms hotel).
Victorian avenues of limes border a central carriageway, with a thriving assortment of larch, hazel, ash, oak, birch and beech trees making up the rest of the wood. We currently have five beehives, managed by our local beekeeper, and aiming to have lots of bird and bat boxes as well as bug hotels and natural log-piles to support the natural habitat. We are creating a wildflower meadow which will also offer a variety of potential tree memorials and plots for ash scattering and burial, as well as planting a new hedgerow to support biodiversity further.
We are constantly looking for ways to improve the local biodiversity, and features such as the bug hotels and the beehives support habitats and environmental restoration. We are also planning voluntary conservation and other rewilding opportunities with the Cotswold Wardens and local community groups.
As funeral directors with three generations of experience planning funerals of all types, from multi-faith to secular, and a lifelong passion for conservation (see Meet the Team for more details), our ethos is based around creating funerals that are traditional in the most human sense. Long before there were top hats and lacquered coffins, the symbolic focus of a funeral was simple: returning to the earth. Reverend Adam Beaumont, previous vicar of Corsham and Lacock Parish, explains it well in the quote opposite.
This sentiment speaks to families of all faiths and none. At Leafy Lane we are proud to support burials and funerals of all kinds to suit a wide range of budgets and requirements. There are some key non-negotiables: we prioritise environmental conservation at all times, so it’s important to note that some materials or items may not be suitable for use due to their environmental impact.
To learn more about the way we work, we recommend contacting us to discuss your requirements in detail.
At a burial we recite the words ‘earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust’ – we recognise that a person’s body returns to where it came from… Natural burial echoes ancient Christian principles, as well as attending to the modern imperative to halt the decline of our planet.
Leafy Lane is more than a natural burial ground, it is an open-access woodland. We welcome responsible dog walkers and families with children wanting to play, as well as those with loved ones buried in the woods.
Whilst you’re here, explore our paths and see how many of our bird residents you can spot. Here’s a list to get you started:
- Nut hatch
Leafy Lane Woods,
Corsham SN13 0LD
Take the A4 towards Corsham, pass through Box, and Leafy Lane is a right turning on the way into Corsham.
Follow the M4 towards London and take junction 17, following signs for Chippenham. Stay on the A350 until you reach the A4, towards Corsham and Bath. Leafy Lane is on your left before you get to Box.
From Chippenham, take the A4 (Bath Road) towards Corsham. Pass by Corsham, heading towards Bath. Leafy Lane is on your left before you get to Box.