The Eternal Forest Trust Ltd.
Company Number: 5163451 Charity Number: 1110801
 
Boduan Sanctuary's first woodland burial
 
 
  Joanna Melville led the procession from the car park, playing a lament for her father on her flute.

His achievements as an army engineer
in World War II were among his proudest memories -  achievements mentioned in dispatches (represented
by the oak leaf on his memorial stone)  and still remembered by his surviving colleagues.

The British Legion flag was carried before his coffin as a symbol of respect.

(Photo: Terry Mills)
 
   
   
The procession arrives at the spot selected for Bill's burial.

When we cleared the brambles before  digging the grave, we discovered a tall Scots thistle - the perfect symbol for the Scotsman  who was to be buried there.

(Photo: Terry Mills)
   
Sharing memories of a man we loved: the final goodbye.

An informal celebration of a special life. Bill disliked formality but he loved music; so we sang the songs he used to sing when we, his daughters, were children.

He asked to be buried in a simple pine box;  this was made by a local craftsman.

We covered the coffin with a REME flag, on which we placed his medals and army beret.

(Photo: Terry Mills)
   
A wild rose at his head, a rowan tree at his feet.

Bill loved birds; they will sing for him here.

(Photo: Terry Mills)
   
   
The mourners leave the grave site. 

Wildflowers planted and watered, they will spread across the glade.

More will be added later - we continue to tend this woodland garden, transplanting the bluebells and violets that push through the paths.

(Photo: Terry Mills)
   
   
A peaceful resting place.

(Photo: Terry Mills)
   
   
  Bill's simple headstone is made of local slate.

The yellow poppies represent his enduring love of Wales.

(Photo: Terry Mills)
 
   
   
The last to leave the grave:

Bill's dog Shiela. She died a year later and has been buried near her master.

(Photo: Terry Mills)
 
 
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