Memorandum by H T Bush (CEM 98)
Recently I obtained planning permission for
a burial site in my woods near Saxmundham for a section planted
under the Farm Woodland Scheme, which as you may know is operated
by MAFF who do not visit the site, but leave all the legwork to
the Forestry Commission who should know better about trees. The
Forestry Commission favoured the scheme. MAFF without visiting
or discussion opposed on the grounds of being "Sylviculturally
unacceptable". They obviously overlooked that Robin Hood
was buried under an oak tree in the 1200sthe tree still
On the subject of burial of bodies above a water
table, Environment Agency stipulated a human corpse in a coffin
should be two metres clear. MAFF's water code permits the burial
of uncoffined animal carcass only one metre above.
New cemeteries are like golf courses inasmuch
as the land is made dead for many other uses.
It seems quite apparent in East Anglia that
permission for golf courses well exceeds the local demand. I suggest
that country cemeteries should only be approved if a real need
arises on a district basis to ensure that scale leads to satisfactory
Further points on the subject of pollution could
1. The Environment Agency to compare pollution
effects between burial and cremation and offer public advice thereon.
2. Environment Agency to consider whether
village church cemeteries comply with their present groundwater
level requirements and decide what to do with any deficiencies.