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Hundy Mundy Wood

A woodland cemetery on the Mellerstain Estate of the Central Scottish Borders, Hundy Mundy Wood is located 1¼ miles (2 km) southeast of Mellerstain House and 5 miles (8 km) east of Earlston. Opened in 2005, the site permits natural burials amongst mature broadleaf and coniferous trees, including beech, oak and Scots pine, which lie around a Gothic folly of the same name, which was built c.1726 by noted architect William Adam (1689 - 1748). Hundy Mundy is prominently situated on a ridge with spectacular views towards the Cheviots to the south, the Eildons in the west and Lammermuirs in the north. The Eden Water flows through a deep gorge immediately in front of the site, passing the volcanic outcrops of Muckle and Little Thairn.

Space is provided for the burial of biodegradable caskets, together with the burial or scattering of cremated remains. Grave-markers are in the form of small roughly-hewn memorial stones which can be engraved with the name of the deceased. The planting of native species of shrubs and trees is encouraged, to ensure the environmental value of the site for flora and fauna is retained.

The woodland remains the property of the Earl of Haddington, who has committed to being interred here.


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