New crematorium for the people of Hampshire

New crematorium for the people of Hampshire

by Crematorium Editor Westerleigh News

A brand new, state-of-the-art, crematorium is being built near Hampshire’s New Forest national park to serve the people of New Milton, Bournemouth, Christchurch and surrounding areas.

New Forest Crematorium is being developed by Westerleigh Group, the UK’s largest independent owner and operator of crematoria and cemeteries, with 35 other sites across England, Scotland and Wales, all set within beautifully-landscaped gardens of remembrance which provide pleasant, peaceful places for people to visit and reflect.

The new facility is expected to open in March 2022.

Upon entering the site, a vista will open across the parkland landscape to the modern design chapel building. Its design and scale will provide a focus for the site without compromising the important backdrop of the Great Woar Copse.

The chapel building will enjoy  views to the adjacent woodland, providing a beautiful and peaceful setting for services and serving mourners during their contemplations.

Mourners will leave the chapel and be led to a covered floral tribute area.

The chapel is being fitted with a modern media system and a tribute screen, enabling it to provide live webcasts, visual tributes and an almost unlimited music library which means services can be highly personalised.

The chapel will seat 117 mourners, with further standing space available.

As with all Westerleigh Group’s crematoria, the chapel building will be surrounded by beautifully landscaped Gardens of Remembrance which will provide a tranquil, serene, setting suitable for a range of memorials.

Bill Scott, Regional Manager of the Westerleigh Group, said: “New Forest Crematorium will reduce journey times for mourners, as well as offer the bereaved a wider choice of where to celebrate the lives of their loved ones.

“The exceptional care for all aspects of our work, including the support provided to the families in our care, the funeral service itself, the management of ashes and the maintenance of our grounds, will ensure that families are able to mourn and remember their loved one in a way that is uniquely personal.

For more information about the development, please visit www.newforestcrematorium.co.uk