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Britain’s first ‘green’ Jewish cemetery to open

(JTA) — Britain’s first “green” Jewish cemetery will open later this year.

The environmentally friendly cemetery is being built by the Jewish Joint Burial Society in Cheshunt, a small town of 52,000 residents in Hertfordshire, north of London, The Mercury weekly newspaper reported.

The burial society serves 35 Reform, Liberal and Masorti (Conservative) congregations in the United Kingdom.

Called a “woodland” cemetery in Britain, it will incorporate graves into the natural setting of the surrounding woods. Coffins will be bio-degradable to decompose quickly, and small memorial plaques will be used instead of large headstones.

The cemetery will have room for about 10,000 burials, including a section for mixed-faith families.

 

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