Chestnut Lodge Pet Cemetery is set in the quiet Sussex countryside between East Grinstead and Crawley.Our positioning in the heart of the South, just 6 miles London Gatwick Airport means you can easily reach us from London and any parts of Sussex, Surrey and Kent. We also have people coming from much further away.
The Pet Cemetery was established in 1969 and is set out in an informal manner among trees and shrubs. You will find a complete service for the burial of your pet or your pet’s ashes. As everyone has their own ideas about what they expect a pet cemetery to look like we advise you to come and see us before deciding on a burial for your pet. You will be able to get a good impression from the video above. Burial is a long term commitment so we want you to be absolutely sure you are happy with the setting.
If you have an individual cremation for your pet then the ashes may either be buried in a plot or scattered over the cemetery grounds. If you choose a communal cremation then the ashes will be placed into a large grave situated behind a fenced area. The depository is filled over a number of years with each layer being covered as it is filled. There is a memorial area next to the depository where you may have a plaque or leave flowers.
Formal Burials in the Pet Cemetery
Pet burials are in marked plots and several pets may share a family plot. The pet burial fees below include the coffin and for you to attend your pet’s burial. It is normally an informal affair but some clients like to add their own personal touches. We are always happy to discuss how you want to proceed.
For those of you who may not like the thought of cremation but do not want a formal cemetery plot we have introduced the option of green burial.
Your pet will normally be wrapped in a covering rather than a coffin and placed into a grave within the memorial shrub bed next to the communal cremation ashes depository. The grave will be marked by a shrub and left to grow naturally.
Please note that we are unable to allow the graves to be bordered in any way and they are not intended to be for a formal planting of flowers. If you wish to have a grave like this then you will need one in the formal area.
The plot will have a grave marker to identify it but you may have a small plaque placed by the shrub if you wish.
Green Burial Fees
For those who do not wish or are unable to attend photographs can be taken for a £20 fee.
If you wish to have visiting rights to the cemetery there is an annual cemetery maintenance fee payable.
Burial of ashes
The fee for attended burial of ashes is £50 or the unattended burial of ashes is £25 – prices apply when the cremation has previously been carried out by Chestnut Lodge.
There is an annual Cemetery Maintenance Fee payable for each plot or memorial in the cemetery. This entitles you to full visiting rights for as long as you wish to keep the plot. This ensures the Cemetery is maintained and enables it to remain for past and future pet owners.
The fees run from January to December each year. For new burials the proportion of the Maintenance Fee for the remainder of the year will be added to the burial fee.
All maintenance fee options include full visiting rights. Everyone is entitled to an initial visit to see the final resting place of their pet. After that visiting rights and the use of the cemetery are subject to a separate agreement for the Conditions of Use. These may be downloaded here.