A TEIFI burial ground has been named as the best in the UK.

Bargoed Natural Burials in Llandysul was named as the Wales Regional winner of Best Natural Burial Ground in the Association of Natural Burial Grounds’ People’s Awards.

The site has now been named as the best in the UK, beating around 70 other sites to the accolade.

Keith Hall, who runs the site, said: “The award is based solely on feedback from families who have laid loved ones to rest.

“We realise that this is a very difficult time for families and friends so we do our very best to help them as much as we can.

“We were delighted to win this award, particularly as we have less burials than many of the sites and have only been open since 2021. We were told the judges were very impressed with the quality of the feedback we received.”

Judges highlighted the fact that the site – at Allt-y-Garreg woodland – had the highest percentage of ‘outstanding, detailed feedback forms,’ which is what is used to judge the sites.

Families wrote of their experiences and the service they had received with all staff, including the grave digger, mentioned as being supportive and helpful.


Allt-y-Garreg woodland’s burial site is around 180 acres of land on the family farm which has been managed for wildlife for almost 30 years.

The owners decided to create a natural burial site as an appropriate way of helping to safeguard the land for wildlife habitat for the future and continue their ethos of helping to protect the environment.

The site is on a nature reserve with more than 18,000 indigenous trees planted in 2012 on two of the four fields, with circular wildflower meadows.

The association said: “The People’s Awards are all about the people involved, the level of service they provide, the personal touches and the impact that each natural burial ground manager has made on the families of those who they have helped to bury.”

You can find out more about Bargoed Natural Burials at http://www.bargoedburials.co.uk