Scattering Cremated Remains on Water
Cremated remains can be scattered at sea or on a river. No permission is required to spread cremated remains in UK coastal waters. The English Environment Agency say it is acceptable with certain provisos to scatter cremated remains into rivers or streams. There is no evidence, say the Agency, that this has a negative impact on the environment, but nothing should be deposited in the river which will not degrade naturally, such as plastic.
With this in mind, we can provide special paper containers that can be put into the water and will float for a moment or two before sinking and will, over time, dissolve harmlessly. These containers, beautifully decorated if you wish or perhaps in the shape of a seashell, ensure that the ashes are scattered into the water rather than being blown away in windy conditions.
Certain parts of the River Thames are available for the scattering of cremated remains by the Hindu and Sikh communities and others. City Cruises is one company which facilitates this, departing from Cherry Tree Wharf off Jamaica Road, by London’s Borough Market.
We also provide a scattering service in the sea off the south coast – this can be attended or not – please ask your arranger for details.
Scattering Ashes at a Favourite Spot
If the deceased was a sports-loving person, you might like to consider scattering his or her cremated remains
somewhere like a football or cricket ground, racecourse or golf course.
Scattering at such places – as with all privately owned land – requires permission from the owner, but this is usually given, subject to practical requirements. The owner of the land may also agree to the installation of a bench with a small name plate.
Scattered on the Bluebell Railway
People who had a special love of steam railways can have their cremated remains scattered by a locomotive of the Bluebell Railway. When the train draws to a halt, two members of the family can step up on the footplate and watch as the cremated remains are placed into the firebox. As the train steams from Horsted Keynes to Sheffield Park the remains are blown through the chimney so they are scattered over the railway line.
There are many other heritage railways all over the UK, from the Bodmin & Wenford Railway in Cornwall to the Strathspey Railway at the far north of Scotland and from the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways in the heart of Snowdonia to the Bure Valley Railway running through rural Norfolk.