Feldy View Woodland Cemetery
Feldy View Woodland Cemetery opened in April 2001.
Feldy View is a natural woodland so therefore no adornments are permitted. (Please click here to view Feldy View Rules & Regulations)
Feldy View Woodland introduces the special concept of a natural resting place in the unique location of Mersea Island on the Blackwater Estuary. Here each burial will help to make this tranquil spot into a wildlife sanctuary - a living place filled with native trees, wildflowers and wildlife.
This woodland burial ground slopes towards an inlet called the Strood channel where, at low tide, wading birds seek nourishment from the silver mud of the saltmarshes. Beyond the fleets, wild and remote, lies Ray Island and to the west the evening sun slips below the green waste of Feldy Marsh.
The creeks surrounding Mersea Island have perhaps been best described by Victorian Author and East Mersea Rector, The Reverend Sabine Gould, in his book Mehalah - A story of Island Life.
"Yet it is not without beauty... In summer the thrift mantles the marshes with shot satin, passing through all graduations of tint from maiden's blush to lily white. Thereafter a purple glow steals over the waste, as the sea lavender bursts into flower and simultaneously every creek and pool is royally fringed with sea aster."
Feldy View offers a natural alternative to a traditional graveyard with rows of headstones. Only softwood caskets can be used with the burial ground and simple wooden memorial plaques or crosses put in place - everything has been chosen in order that it may be allowed to decay naturally and eventually become part of the natural landscape. A living memorial to loved ones.
Not every grave is commemorated with a tree. Friends and relatives of the bereaved are welcome to plant wildflowers or bulbs (with permission). The woodland will not be maintained in the normal neat and tidy manner that people are accustomed to, but left to mature as a true woodland glade. The grass is cut annually to encourage wildflowers, at other times swathes are cut through the pasture to provide pathways where visitors may walk and quietly remember.
Each grave is carefully planned and precisely recorded so that it can be easily located by future generations. The cemetery will survive in perpetuity and West Mersea Town Council will hold the land and plots in permanent trust. A special area has been set aside for the burial of babies and children.
Your family or funeral directors may choose an appropriate service - interments and cremations can be undertaken with or without consecration.
All burial plots are single depth graves. Ashes plots can be reopened.
The first person to be buried in Feldy View Woodland Cemetery was Kathleen Bisco.
Feldy View has the wonderful addition of a bug hotel, built by the Mersea Island Scout Group. The framework has been erected and the different groups within the scouts will be filling the individual sections.
1000 snowdrop bulbs, 450 purple crocus bulbs and 500 bluebell bulbs have been planted within the last 18 months.
Feldy View is full of wildlife, some rare. The Green Hairstreak butterfly is the only individual found on Mersea Island so far this spring, and it was spotted at Feldy View resting low on bushes. A pair of Yellow Wagtails are regular visitors and can be heard singing too.
WOODLAND BURIAL by Pam Ayres
Don't lay me in some gloomy churchyard shaded by a wall,
Where the dust of ancient bones has spread a dryness over all,
Lay me in some leafy loam where, sheltered from the cold,
Little seeds investigate and tender leaves unfold.
There kindly and affectionately, plant a native tree,
To grow resplendent before God and hold some part of me.
The roots will not disturb me as they wend their peaceful way,
To build the fine and bountiful, from closure and decay.
To seek their small requirements so that when their work is done,
I'll be tall and standing strongly in the beauty of the sun.