Following the enforcement of new Government Regulations to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, we are OPEN to families who are visiting graves.
Please use the entrance via the Craven Heifer Pub. The main entrance is only for the arrival of a hearse and any limousines, or anyone attending a burial who has limited mobility.  
We are carrying out all services including full burials; the interment of cremated remains; scattering of cremated remains and pet burials. 
From 17 May 2021, the Government has stated its intention to remove the legal maximum cap of 30 on funeral service attendance in England. As we hold all services outdoors, there will no longer be a maximum number of attendees in our regulations.
At a funeral or a commemorative event following the death of someone, it is important to be able to support family and friends at a uniquely difficult time. You, as families can make informed, personal decisions on close contact, such as hugging, with their friends and family. Close contact continues to carry a risk of catching or spreading COVID-19, and people must consider the risk to themselves and to others. 

Social distancing (staying at least 2 metres away from others) helps to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
We would very much appreciate your co-operation during this very difficult time. Please do speak with us if you have any questions.



We are Chris Swales and Becky Layfield and since 1st October 2019 we became the directors of Tarn Moor Memorial Woodland Ltd. 

We are both Local to the area which we think is important as we know the area well. We are both caring people and very respected in the community. 

We have lot's of ideas for the woodland to help make it even more tranquil. 

Tarn Moor Memorial Woodland LTD

is a natural woodland burial site situated in beautiful countryside on the outskirts of Skipton, the 'gateway' to the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The site opened in 2002.

'When the sun sets on a life, be it human or animal, you DO have a choice on what happens to the mortal remains; make yours now and enjoy peace of mind.'

The Concept of Woodland Burial

With growing pressure on the environment, it is not surprising that the idea of creating a lasting natural memorial by developing new woodland burial sites has grown in the UK to around 200 such sites.

Through our own death, we can give back to nature, something to be enjoyed for generations to come - A living memorial. There is also satisfaction through the knowledge that contribution to the formation and preservation of nature and our beautiful woodland, will in turn become a rich and diverse self-sustaining wild life habitat.

The first green burial ground was developed in 1994 at Carlisle, adjacent to the existing cemetery and is run by Carlisle City Council. Cemeteries and churchyards, including Craven, are filling to capacity, making the woodland burial a very practical option, affording many choices.

In an endeavour to keep the habitat as natural as possible there is no physical identification at the site of burial, but accurate plotting and recording will be undertaken allowing current and future generations to locate the place of burial. There will be no headstones, vases of flowers at the graveside. Double graves will be double-depth, to allow more space in the burial field.



Such a beautiful, tranquil and calm place

Chris and Becky are truly amazing, warm people. Always looking to see how they can help anyone and put you instantly at ease.

Chris Beck

When I had to say goodbye to my best friend. Chris and Becky handled everything with the dignity and respect he deserved. I was able to sit down and put my mate to rest in such a special place. For me knowing my dog rests in peace after giving my family so much loyalty and love is priceless. Cheers guys! You did a great job

Mark Dixon

Tarn Moor Memorial Woodland is a truly tranquil place. Chris and Becky are an amazing couple who will help you with any problems you maybe facing.

Vikki Waring

Wow, what a place to lay your loved ones to rest. Chris and Becky are such lovely and friendly people, they guided our family through a very difficult time. We wish them all the luck in the world in their new business and thank you so much for all the help you gave us, you made a difficult time a little easier. X

Hilary Harrison

As a local green funeral director I wholeheartedly recommend a visit to Tarn Moor. A beautiful natural burial site.

Chris and Becky Swales are excellent ambassadors.

Wendy Clarkson

I wanted to express my gratitude towards Becky and Chris for taking on Tarn Moor on as a business and pardon the pun, bringing it back to life. 

My Dads ashes were buried here 10 years ago and in recent years the place has been very unloved. It's great to see the effort now being put into making it a lovely place to visit and remember loved ones. 

Sarah Rennison