Published: 8th Jul 2019

A leading public health expert says the UK should bury the dead in green ‘burial corridors’ alongside motorways and train tracks. Professor John Ashton, writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, says this would solve the problem of cemeteries that are rapidly running out of space as well as providing fertile ground to plant trees or vegetables. There are 500,000 deaths annually in England and Wales and it has been claimed that there will be no burial space left ‘within five years.’ Environment Minister Michael Gove recently announced a scheme for planting 130,000 trees in urban areas to reduce pollution and global warming and Ashton believes burial corridors could help the government meet that goal and ‘join up the dots’ of green environmentalism and human burial. ‘Green burials’ or human composting uses a process where corpses are placed in reusable steel vessels together with wood chips, straw and alfalfa … (To read the full article, subscribe below)