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Greener graves - eco friendly burial ground opens

An eco friendly cemetery has been created by Brighton and Hove City Council. The site in Woodingdean overlooks the sea and the South Downs.

Only biodegradable coffins and caskets can be used and, instead of headstones, wooden memorial plaques can be added. Mourners can plant wildflowers on graves at Woodland Valley Natural Burial Ground.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Cllr Maggie Barradell of Brighton and Hove City Council, and Andy Holter, President of the Sussex County Association of Funeral Directors.

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Bigger burial plots needed as population grows

A council in the south east says it may have to increase the average size of its burial plots because residents are getting bigger and fatter.

Rochford Council is to change its cemetery and memorial regulations. With almost a quarter of people in England officially classed as obese, councils across our region are having to adapt, as David Johns reports.