Create green burial sites says public health expert
Around 500,000 people die each year in England and Wales, with around 70% of people cremated.
Prof Ashton, a former regional director of public health in the north west, said a more environmentally conscious population is increasingly opting to be laid to rest in biodegradable coffins with graves marked by trees, adding that
cremation has “peaked”.
Many church and municipal graveyards are almost full and there appears to be no increase in the number of bodies being cremated.