A FUNERAL director is offering a greener goodbye after teaming up with other local companies that supply services designed to give an environmentally-friendly send-off.
Ashington-based Peter Grenfell has even brought in a horse drawn-hearse from nearby Newbiggin to carry people on their final journey.
Ruby Carriages, run by Ben Taylor, has a replica of master carriage maker John Marsden’s 1810 hearse carriage pulled by a pair of black horses.
Branch manager Dominic Appleby said: “As well as ensuring a green, eco-friendly funeral and burial, working with local firms like Ruby Carriages is helping us to provide the services that our clients have requested at the same time as helping the local economy.”
The funeral director has linked up with Wearside coffin maker JC Atkinson, which produces biodegradable caskets made from willow, wool or Forestry Commission certified wood.
And the firm is also taking a green approach to the final memorial by offering trees or plants rather than headstones. Go Wansbeck’s enterprise coach Karl McCracken said: “Combining the traditional funeral services offered by Peter Grenfell with the greener add-on services means the customer now has a choice based on their social conscience and beliefs.”