West Lothian Crematorium

Situated in a semi-rural setting within Cousland Wood, West Lothian Crematorium is to be found on Starlaw Place, a mile (1.5 km) northeast of Seafield and 2 miles (3 km) west of the centre of Livingston. The facility opened on 27th April 2010 and was formally dedicated on 9th September 2010 at a service led by the Rev. Norman MacRae, Moderator of the Presbytery of West Lothian. It is operated commercially by the Bristol-based Westerleigh Group, their first in Scotland, and also represents the first crematorium to be built in West Lothian, allowing local funerals and saving mourners the pain of travelling to Edinburgh or Glasgow. It was built to the company's standard architectural pattern and caters for up to 700 funerals annually, with seating for 112 mourners and parking for more than 100 cars. The crematorium was developed in partnership with West Lothian Council. The local authority provided the 10.1-ha (25-acre) woodland site and 6 ha (15 acres) of parkland has been carved out of its core to create a private and secluded crematorium surrounded by Gardens of Remembrance, which benefit from a natural boundary of mature trees and designed water features. A 4-m (13-foot) white-coated laser-cut steel sculpture depicting three deer has been placed within the grounds, linked to quotes from a poem by Sorley MacLean (1911-96). The site has retained a small resident population of fallow deer.

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