Ash Scattering

If you choose an individual cremation, you will be able to choose how your pet’s ashes are returned to you. This could be in one of our Pet Stairway Scatter Tubes, or you may wish to remove some of your pet’s ashes from their casket or urn.

Scattering your companion’s ashes can be a wonderful way to honour the memory of all the wonderful times you enjoyed, whether you choose to scatter their ashes in your garden or along one of their favourite walks.

It is a good idea to consult local laws and UK regulations surrounding the scattering of ashes and remember that different laws apply should you wish to bury your pet’s ashes.

Choosing the location

A dedicated memorial garden or pet cemetery is a good choice to safely scatter your companion’s ashes in a private space. You can often arrange for an ashes interment plot, where you can place special memorials, a plaque or a headstone to mark their final resting place.

You can scatter ashes throughout the UK if permission from the landowner is obtained. If the landowner changes or the scattering site falls under different regulations in the future, you may not always have access to visit in the future.

Please remember to consult local laws and UK regulations surrounding the scattering of ashes.

Scattering your pet’s ashes at a beach, lake or river

Scattering ashes at sea can be a peaceful experience, letting your pet’s ashes be gently carried away by the tides. Within 5 miles of the coast, or on riverways, there are a few guides to ensure minimal impact, but please consult the Environmental Industry for more information.

  • Avoid scattering non-biodegradable memorials or personal items.
  • Visit the location on a calm day and scatter ashes close to the water’s surface.
  • Choose areas away from any buildings, marinas, leisure activities and upstream of any water collection points.

Common land, village greens or parks

As these parcels of land do belong to someone, you will need to ask for permission before scattering your companion’s ashes. Your local council may also have other options that could be more appropriate for your request.

Please remember to consult local laws and UK regulations surrounding the scattering of ashes.

Scattering your pet’s ashes in a national park or private estate

When considering scattering your pet’s ashes at National Trust or English Heritage locations, it is always recommended to get in touch with the specific site before arranging this – as you may be asked to avoid leaving any grave markers or personal tributes. National parks, such as the Lake District or conservation areas, should be contacted before the time to check whether there are specific eco-friendly approaches that should be adhered to.

How to scatter your pet’s ashes

  • Using a technique called trenching, you can gently dig a narrow tunnel to sprinkle the ashes before covering them (this works well for scattering ashes near the coast, where it could be windy).
  • If you would like to scatter your pet’s ashes with native British wildflowers, you can rake your pet’s ashes into the soil before watering.
  • If you choose to scatter your pet’s ashes in an elevated area, you could simply cast these into the wind. Check wind direction and ensure others are at a safe distance.

However you choose to scatter your treasured pet’s ashes, this could be a wonderful opportunity to bring the family together to celebrate the memory of your pet by visiting a place they loved to visit. You can say a few words before releasing the ashes and scatter some forget-me-not seeds over the spot in remembrance.

Support and Advice

Find your local crematorium

Please contact your local crematorium to start making arrangements for your pet or equine friend’s final farewell, we are always happy to help.

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