Wild Meadow Eco Cemetery

KCLA is working hard to open Fife’s first eco cemetery and columbarium close to the shores of Kinghorn Loch.

But why create an eco cemetery and columbarium on this community-owned land?

There are several reasons:

CAPACITY

Kinghorn’s existing cemetery is nearly full. The cemetery has served the community well for the past 150 years, but in future burials will be in Burntisland or Kirkcaldy. This is of great concern to many residents who wish to be laid to rest in Kinghorn.

DIFFERENT FAITHS

There is growing need for facilities for those of different faiths or none.

ENVIRONMENT

Globally there is an increasing desire to care for the environment by avoiding pollution of any kind. Traditional methods of burial tend not to be environmentally friendly.

ATTRACT VISITORS

The Wild Meadow Eco Cemetery will be open to use by anyone from Fife or beyond, attracting visitors and income generation for the local community.

FUNERAL POVERTY

Funeral poverty is becoming more of an issue today. Many of the elements of a traditional funeral are expensive. Burial or interment of ashes in an eco cemetery is likely to be a cheaper option for many.

What is an eco cemetery?
  • An eco cemetery is inviting, a place of life not of death; a place to linger, to be at peace, to be nurtured by the sights and sounds of nature, to remember, to recover, to be healed, and even to be happy.
  • The Wild Meadow Eco Cemetery will be a place filled with trees and meadow creating a place that will allow biodiversity and wildlife to thrive.
  • An eco cemetery reduces the impact of burials on the environment. Bodies are buried in shrouds or biodegradable coffins. Similarly, ashes are interred in biodegradable containers. No imported flowers are brought on site and the grounds create a natural habitat. Car sharing and the use of public transport are encouraged.
  • The community-owned land is already a haven for nature and wildlife, as shown by environmental audits. Creating an eco cemetery will enhance it even more. All of the trees and plants will be native and will allow biodiversity and wildlife to thrive. There will be woodland areas, wildflower meadows, shrubs and fruit trees. As well as berries, included in the wildflower areas will be sacrificial seed-rich crops to help birds to survive the cold weather.
  • As no cars will be permitted in the cemetery, a wheeled funeral bier will be used to carry the coffin to the graveside. This is not only environmentally friendly but also quiet and less disturbing to mourners and others.
  • Quiet contemplation is very important both for the bereaved and for visitors. Great care will be taken with the location of seating and with the variety of seats available, to accommodate either one person (often a preference to be alone) or more, and there will be spaces for wheelchairs alongside.
  • At the top of the site will be a specially designed viewpoint looking south.
What is a columbarium?
  • A columbarium is a modern interpretation of an Iron Age barrow – a stone-built mound with passages leading to chambers lined with niches for the storage of ashes. Each niche may hold the ashes of several family members.
  • Cremation, rather than burial, is the preferred option for many people.
  • KCLA commissioned award-winning Edinburgh-based architects Simpson & Brown to design the columbarium.
  • This columbarium will be the first in Scotland.