SUSTAINABILITY

SUSTAINABILITY

SUSTAINABILITY

In recent years there has been a growing trend by more eco-conscious consumers towards woodland and natural burials.  Totally environmentally friendly funerals, including woodland burials, comprise nearly 10% of the market and this market is set to continue as more people opt for non-religious funerals - currently 38% of funerals do not involve a religious service.
Darwin has a central aim to operate all its sites in as sustainable a way as possible in order to enhance the natural state of its woodland burial sites.

Woodland Management

  • We respect and nurture the woodland and landscape settings of our parks and employ strategies that actively encourage their continuous environmental improvement and the enhancement of their natural biodiversity.
  • All new trees planted are UK provenance (preferably from on-site regeneration) and produced using peat-free growing methods wherever possible.
  • Only wooden memorials are allowed in woodland ceremonial parks.

Woodland Environment

  • The active management of our woodland incorporates the integral nature of bio-diversity and landscapes.  
  • Our current woodland management programme, which includes tree thinning, will work to reduce the mono culture in some areas of our woodlands whilst providing a natural hedgerow to support and grow a new habitat for species.
  • Some of the trees felled will be left to provide further habitat.
  • In order to encourage the development of broad-leafed tress many conifers and non-native sycamores are being removed to help create layers in the woodland.
  • Actively supporting habitat for woodland birds, including the red kite, and our regular species survey allows us to assess the progress we are making.
  • We are keen to support the on-going and sustainable development of woodlands.
  • The retention of dead wood follows the Forestry Commission’s guidelines; the following is encouraged throughout each of our burial parks:
  • Woody debris of each native tree species represented and at varying stages of decay
  • Woody debris of varying sizes and types, including whole trees
  • Woody debris in a variety of light conditions
  • Snags at variable heights
  • Log piles and brash piles
  • The policy includes the monolithing and veteranisation of dead or dying mature trees, including coronet cuts to provide the widest range of habitat conditions possible.

Buildings

  • Sustainable building materials are used during construction.
    Natural materials with low embedded energy, locally sourced materials and non-toxic materials are used wherever possible.
  • The timber frame buildings use only FSC approved wood.
    Recycled hardcore is used for road surfaces.Buildings are clad using Thermowood removing need for chemical preservatives.
    External and internal finishes are OS products with ‘Blue Angel’ ecological accreditation.
  • Warmcel recycled paper cellulose insulation is used in all walls and roofs.
  • All waste timber is retained and reused on-site, e.g. for compost bins.

Energy Sources and Conservation

  • Electricity is supplied from a renewable energy company.
  • Wood-chip burners heat our buildings and water and run on wood from our own woodland at our Chiltern and Epping Forest site.
  • Lower grade chip is used to make wood-chip paths for improved access within the woodland.  
  • The wood-chip used is produced on site from trees coppiced as part of the woodland management programme.
  • Outdoor lighting is programmed to only come on when needed
  • Computers are turned off at night.
  • Motion sensors operate lights in the buildings.

Waste Management

  • Food waste and dead flowers are composted on site (compost bins have been built by staff using waste wood from the building process).
  • Staff and visitors are encouraged to recycle wherever possible.
  • Sewage is processed using our own on-site Klargester treatment plant.
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Note: The manager of the Fund is Darwin Alternative Investment Management (Guernsey) Limited which is regulated by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.

Darwin Alternative Investment Management Limited is the investment adviser to the Fund and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Darwin Alternative Investment Management Limited:
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Registered office – Empire House, 175 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EN.

Privacy PolicyCookie StatementTerms & ConditionsModern Slavery Statement
www.darwinalternatives.com

Note: The manager of the Fund is Darwin Alternative Investment Management (Guernsey) Limited which is regulated by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.

Darwin Alternative Investment Management Limited is the investment adviser to the Fund and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Darwin Alternative Investment Management Limited:
Registered in England & Wales No. 08100415.  
Registered office – Empire House, 175 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EN.