Westerleigh Group who manage Bowers Gifford Crematorium has the following environmental policy:
Westerleigh Group is committed to maintaining the highest levels of environmental protection across its crematoria and cemetery operations.
New crematoria will be designed to conserve energy, to prevent pollution and to limit the impact of the building and the eventual operations on the surrounding environment. Similar principles are also adopted for the re-design and refurbishment of existing crematoria where substantial improvements in environmental sustainability can be achieved, especially through the upgrade of cremation equipment.
Westerleigh has a proven track record in meeting new standards, having overseen the installation of Mercury abatement systems in new and existing crematoria. With the opening of Vale Royal crematorium (which will be fully abated), we will have exceeded the European standard on mercury emissions.
Our crematoria and cemeteries are also designed with the local surroundings in mind, placing particular emphasis on the landscape to ensure that the buildings blend into their environment. We provide an atmosphere where families can grieve in peaceful surroundings and treasure the memory of their loved ones, amongst gardens, flowers and beauty. Ultimately, we are trying to establish a setting for funerals; green places of natural beauty where the bereaved leave with a sense of peace and calm.
Where we maintain older cemeteries, these will be treated with the same high regard and offer urban oases where history and heritage meet with local ecology and wildlife. Westerleigh understands how important it is to conserve these elements and create the right balance between respect for the dead and enriching a valuable resource for the living.