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It is legal to bury somebody in your back garden and you don't need planning permission

According to The Natural Death Centre, the single fact regarding private land burial which most surprises people at the outset is that for a limited number of interments, planning permission is not required adding: “The reason is simple – the presence of a very small number of burials would not constitute a ‘material change of use’, hence no such consent would be required.”

The registered charity points out that the following rules must be followed if you want to do an ‘at home’ funeral – which is what Location, Location, Location star Kirstie Allsopp did in 2014.

She buried her mum Lady Hindlip in a wicker coffin in the garden of her Dorset home but has recently admitted that it wasn’t easy following her mother’s last wishes.

Kirstie Allsopp buried her mum in the back garden back in 2014

The basic law is this: it IS possible – and not illegal – to bury a loved one in your backyard but you must get the consent of the owner of the freehold of the land.

The freeholder should check there are no restrictive covenants attached to the title deeds or registration of the property that prohibit burial and you must follow the minimum groundwater protection requirements.

What are the rules?

The Environment Agency also points out that the site should:

– be 30m from any spring or any running or standing water.

– be more than 10m from any ‘dry’ ditch or field drain

– be at least 50m away from any well, borehole or spring that supplies water for any use.

– when preparing a grave, make sure there is no standing water when it is first dug and that it’s not dug in very sandy soil.

– there should also be at least 1m of soil above and below the body after burial.

Other things to consider

You must contact your local council and let them know what you are planning.

You may need to speak to the environmental health department, too, according to the government website.

The owner (or owner’s agent) of the land on which the burial has taken place must prepare and keep a burial register in a safe place, too.

That said, The Natural Death Centre points out that this doesn’t have to be a fancy book from legal stationers.

A simple document will do it as long as it records the essential details of the deceased, and the date and place of interment with an accompanying plan showing the grave’s location.

The Natural Death Centre can provide a sample form. They add: “One final point with regard to people in authority. As private land burial is not a common event it is quite likely to attract attention and if you give your local police advance notice of the funeral they will not be wrong-footed into suspecting some improper act!”

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Brazil forced to bury Covid dead on STREETS after cemetery space runs out as deaths soar to 400,000

Author: Alice Peacock
This post originally appeared on World News – breaking international headlines and exclusives | The Sun

BRAZIL has been forced to bury the bodies of those who have died from Covid on the streets as deaths soar to 400,000 and cemetery space runs out.

Grim images of streets being dug up to make space for new graves have emerged as Brazil’s death toll surpassed 400,000 on Thursday.

Aerial view of COVID-19 victims' graves on a street, since there is no more free area at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery, in Manaus, Amazonas state

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Aerial view of COVID-19 victims’ graves on a street, since there is no more free area at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery, in Manaus, Amazonas stateCredit: AFP
Workers of a funeral parlour, wearing protective clothing, remove the body of Valnir Mendes da Silva, 62, that was laying on a sidewalk of Arara community

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Workers of a funeral parlour, wearing protective clothing, remove the body of Valnir Mendes da Silva, 62, that was laying on a sidewalk of Arara communityCredit: Reuters

It is just the second country to reach the grim milestone, after deaths in the United States surpassed the number in January 2021

Cemetery operator Manual Viana, who looks after the burials of Brazilians at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Maeeenaus, the capital of Amazonas state, told Washington-based media company NPR near the start of the pandemic that he was “living through a nightmare”.

“I just wish a helicopter would come and fly me away from here,” he said.

He described having to use heavy machinery to dig mass graves capable of holding multiple coffins because it was “humanly impossible” to stay on top of the rising death toll by hand.

Now, 12 months on, new images published by news.com.au show Viana’s cemetery, where graves have been dug in streets because there are no remaining plots to bury the dead.

It comes as the country’s health ministry reported 3001 Covid-19 related deaths in the past 24 hours.

The South African nation has one of the highest mortality rates in the pandemic, at 189 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.

Workers of a funeral parlour, wearing protective clothing, place in a casket the body of Valnir Mendes da Silva, 62

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Workers of a funeral parlour, wearing protective clothing, place in a casket the body of Valnir Mendes da Silva, 62Credit: Reuters
NGO Rio of Peace protested when Brazil reaches the mark of 400 thousand deaths from COVID-19 in the country, setting up scenic body bags and staging a shallow grave burial on the sands of Copacabana beach

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NGO Rio of Peace protested when Brazil reaches the mark of 400 thousand deaths from COVID-19 in the country, setting up scenic body bags and staging a shallow grave burial on the sands of Copacabana beachCredit: Reuters

Hospitals have been pushed to the brink of collapse in many areas and the number of daily deaths has sat at an average of 2526 a day over the past week.

A desperate struggle to contain the virus comes alongside a vaccine shortage across Brazil.

Just over 13 per cent of the population – around 28 million – have received their first jab, while around 12.7 million have reportedly had their second dose.

Cities in 14 of Brazil’s 27 states have had to suspend second doses because of shortages.

The rapid spread of the virus through Brazil since the start of this year is thought to largely be attributed to the emergence of the Brazilian variant, which can spread at more than double the rate of previous circulating strains.

For comparison, the variants from Kent and South Africa have been estimated to be 70 per cent and 50 per cent more transmissible, respectively, compared against the original virus strain from Wuhan, China.

Prof Samir Bhatt, a researcher at University of Copenhagen and corresponding author on the paper, told The Sun:  “Our epidemiological model indicates that P1 is likely to be more transmissible than previous strains of coronavirus and likely to be able to evade immunity gained from infection with other strains.”

Because it has also shown to reinfect people who have previously had Covid, it could also infect people who are vaccinated. 

“Moving forwards the bigger concern is immune escape given substantial vaccination rates. 

Bhatt yesterday warned the UK needs to stay on guard to stop the variant, named P1, causing chaos.

In the UK, a very small number of cases of P1 have been confirmed – 60 since February 2021.

An activist from NGO Rio de Paz digs a grave wearing a biological protection suit in front of death bags during a symbolic act in protest for the memory of the 400,000

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An activist from NGO Rio de Paz digs a grave wearing a biological protection suit in front of death bags during a symbolic act in protest for the memory of the 400,000Credit: Rex
The Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Maeeenaus has expanded onto the surrounding streets

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The Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Maeeenaus has expanded onto the surrounding streetsCredit: AFP