You may scatter ashes in a variety of open places in UK. A garden of remembrance, in woodland or any green space, over water, or on private land.
You may also scatter ashes in more than one place, if it is so wished, to please different family members, for example.
Here are some other examples of where to scatter ashes:
• A churchyard, cemetery, or natural burial ground
• Over a river, lake, or large body of water
• In a national park or public space
• On private land (private garden, sports ground, or farmland)
In the UK, there is no explicit law against scattering ashes, so long as you get permission from the person who owns the land.
If you want to scatter ashes over public or private land, you will need the permission of the landowner. That includes parks, commons, beaches, or private farmland and churchyards.
Scattering ashes laws & regulations in the UK state that you do not need permission to scatter ashes on your own land or over water. If in any doubt about the proximity to drinking water supplies, then advice should be sought from the Environment Agency.
There is no evidence to suggest that either the scattering of human ashes in rivers and streams or home burials have a negative impact on the environment. But other aspects of these practices, such as casting tributes and other objects into the water at the same time as the ashes, could harm the environment or upset other river users.
You do not need to request permission to scatter ashes over a river or the sea, but you should check the advice from the Environment Agency first.
Go Direct Cremations will advise on any aspect of scattering ashes, urns for ashes and scatter tubes for ashes and arrange a suitable vessel or aircraft according to each personal individual request.
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