The first Natural Burial Ground opened in the UK back in 1993. Since then over 270 grounds are now operating across the country. The concept of Natural Burial Grounds is to minimise the impact on the environment by using biodegradable materials during the internment. It also offers an alternative to a traditional cemetery, with the prospect of peace and harmony within the surroundings of nature. A natural burial ground encourages new habitats to establish over the graves which are located in different areas such as woodlands or meadows. Instead of traditional headstone the graves are marked with a small wooden sign or simply with a tree or local plant. Although the idea is to get back to nature the human presence is still visible as people lay down flowers, or place memorial benches.