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Nottinghamshire funeral directors, A.W. Lymn’s plans for modern barrows site in Calverton approved by Gedling Borough Council, to be built by Sacred Stones

A funeral directors has been given the green light to build the first and only modern barrow site in the East Midlands.

The handcrafted stone barrows, which draw inspiration from ancient burial mounds and monuments, will be located on George’s Lane just outside of Calverton.

The plans, submitted by Nottinghamshire’s largest independent funeral directors, A.W. Lymn The Family Funeral Service, were approved by Gedling Borough Council.

The ritual of using burial mounds or barrows is one of the oldest funeral traditions in Britain, dating back thousands of years.

Natural-looking barrows are designed as a resting place for cremated remains within, while providing a peaceful setting which is sympathetic to the wider landscape.

Originally the site was granted permission to become a cemetery in August 2022, however, once approval was secured A.W. Lymn started to consider how part of the site could be transformed to offer a different type of memorial in the form of the barrows.

The funeral directors worked closely with planning officers to resubmit its planning application for one closed and two open barrows on a small part of the 27-acre cemetery late last year.

Having addressed original concerns and after making significant changes to the design, the application has now been approved.

The unique structures will be built in partnership with the world’s only barrow design and construction business, Sacred Stones Limited, with the aim of bringing an ancient practice into the modern day.

Pete Clarson, commercial director at A.W. Lymn, said: “When it comes to saying a final goodbye, we recognise that this doesn’t always look the same for everyone.

“Having a variety of options to choose from to suit your personal needs, preferences and wishes is so incredibly important.

“The barrows, however, are more than a place for ashes to be laid to rest. It’s a place where recently bereaved can go to understand their grief, accept their loss, and celebrate a life.

“Working alongside Sacred Stones, we will now be able to bring this vision to fruition for the people of Nottinghamshire and the wider region.

“We will soon be offering a very unique and timeless memorial option, while also actively respecting the rural character of the site.”

For more than a century, A.W. Lymn has been helping the bereaved in the region and say they aim to offer alternative and appealing services such as the barrow burial style to its customers.

Toby Angel, managing director of Sacred Stones, said: “We’ve been working on the barrow scheme with A.W. Lymn for some time now and we are honoured to be partnering with a family business that, like barrows, has and will continue to stand the test of time.”

The Calverton cemetery, which is the business’s first company-owned burial site, and barrows scheme, forms part of A.W. Lymn’s plan to extend its offering as it continues to expand across the region, with a total of 27 funeral homes throughout Nottinghamshire and South Derbyshire.

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