Mr Read was explaining Hexham Town Council's pioneering scheme by which people can be buried in a biodegradable coffin, all for less than £200. People can buy their coffins in advance and possibly keep them under the bed 'as they come in flatpacks', said Mr Read.
The £200 will buy 'a woodland plot, a tree, a simple headstone, and a biodegradable coffin of corrugated cardboard'. The council has just ordered 30 of the coffins.
And in Wales a themed funeral train experience for steam railway enthusiasts, offered by Llangollen Railways, Clwyd, and Peace Burials, of Mawdesley, Lancashire, has been embraced by Carrog Community Council. The once-in-a-lifetime journey gives the chance to have the body carried, with up to 200 mourners, in a steam train from Llangollen to the terminus at Carrog.