The good news is that in 2020 Owen Sound approved a natural burial area within the municipality’s Greenwood Cemetery. It’s 1/4 acre. On three sides the area shoulders the conventional burial ground, and one side sits along a lovely valley. It’s open for business…sort of. Greenwood is accepting burials but none of the landscaping has been done. It takes a true eco champion to sign up in its current state of thin grass and packed soil, but eventually it will be beautiful. There’s a Catch 22. Logistically they need some burials done in order to begin rehabilitating the land. In 2021, $10,000 has been earmarked to engage the landscape architect. In 2022 land rehabilitation begins, including planting bushes to separate the natural burial site from the conventional burial sites. A communal marker hasn’t been created yet, but it will be incorporated.
As of Jan 2021, there has been one burial, Robert Garnett. Bob loved nature and had worked to bring this burial area to fruition. While the site is unfinished, his family chose for him to be buried here, knowing that Bob would have felt honoured to be buried in a place he’d help create and which one day, will return to its natural state.
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