Crouch Valley Meadow

Association of Natural Burial Grounds

As members of the Association of Natural Burial Grounds, this is the Code of Practice that we work to:

Code of Practice

This is to certify that Crouch Valley Meadow, Station Road, Althorne, Essex, CM3 6BZ is a Member of The Association of Natural Burial Grounds, agreeing to abide by the Code of Practice set out below.

  1. Association members agree to take all reasonable steps for the conservation of local wildlife and archaeological sites and to manage their projects according to sound and consistent ecological principles.
  2. Association members must be in a position to guarantee the long term security of both the graves and the wildlife, and have a satisfactory plan for when the site reaches its capacity.
  3. Association members, other than local authority sites, must satisfy the Association as to the quality, financial probity and non-indebtedness and relevant qualifications of their directors, trustees, managing body or similar.
  4. Association members accept for burial bodies whether wrapped in a shroud or placed in a cardboard or wooden coffin or alternative container or wrapping, provided these are environmentally acceptable. Association members will either sell coffins and shrouds to clients or provide information as to where these can be obtained.
  5. Association members, whose charges must be fair and reasonable, will provide fully itemised price lists for potential clients on request and will also reveal these prices on the telephone on request.
  6. Association members will provide a copy of this Code of Practice to clients using their services and will have copies available on request for others.
  7. Association members will provide each client using their services with a feedback form, either the site’s own form or the Association’s form, asking for the client’s comments on the service provided and for any suggested improvements, with a request that a copy of the feedback form be sent direct to the Association. This feedback form is to include the address and phone number of the Association and to note that any complaints can be sent to the Association.
  8. Association members, if taking money in advance, agree to abide by the Financial Services & Markets Act 2000 Regulation of Funeral Plan Contracts.
  9. Association members accept that in the event of a complaint from a client that is not dealt with to the Association’s satisfaction within three months of the complaint being made, the Nature Reserve Burial Ground’s membership will cease without refund. A serious complaint may result in immediate suspension of membership whilst the complaint is investigated.
  10. Before membership is granted or renewed, the Association may require further evidence on the above or any other relevant matters.
  11. Provisional Association members must provide the information required to convert to full membership within a year of their site opening.
  12. Association members accept that in the event of a complaint from a client that is not dealt with to the Association’s satisfaction within three months of the complaint being made, the Nature Reserve Burial Ground’s membership will cease without refund. A serious complaint may result in immediate suspension of membership whilst the complaint is investigated.
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