Frequently Asked Questions

All About Niches

What are niches?

Niches are secure, sealed, storage spaces for funeral ashes. We provide two sizes, single and double.

The new Memorial Garden at Arley Hall & Gardens is being developed by The Walled Garden Company™, the trading entity of The Walled Garden Group Limited.

What are the alternatives?

Cremation is now the dominant UK funeral form, and the funeral industry is not providing suitable infrastructure for post-cremation burial and memorialization to replace the traditional destinations of the churchyard and cemetery.


To address this problem, the Company is developing walled memorial gardens within the curtilage of Stately Homes. Our sites, with landscaped gardens designed by the UK’s leading gardeners, match the aspirations and hopes of bereaved families.


Only 50 years ago 35% of people were cremated, and the fundamental change in volume of demand means that there is now a supply vacuum, with no socially established destination point of interment.

Traditional burial

Prices for a traditional burial plot vary across the country, and the occupancy period can also vary,
often between 50 and 99 years.

Set out below are some of the basic costs of purchasing a grave plot in the Trafford area, with the
range of costs for a headstone if purchased from the Co-op.

Exclusive Right of burial – allocated earthen grave £1595
To erect a headstone £140
Interment £1360 ( Source )
Cost of headstone from £675 to £3145 ( Source )

What periods are available?

From April 2, 2019 the following options are available:

15 years

2S years

50 years

90 years

Or by arrangement

Can I purchase now?

Yes, you can purchase for extended periods, depending on your needs. Please contact us if you do not see what you want.

Can I purchase a family or extended section?

Yes, you can purchase a wide range of options. Please contact us if you do not see what you want.

How much do they cost?

Please see price list on the website or the company’s order forms

What is included in my price?

The bespoke urn(s), plaque inscription up to 75 characters for a single niche 100 for a double together with the carved column inscription(s) name(s)

When does my lease term begin?

The lease term commences on date of opening of the Summer Memorial Garden at Arley Hall, which is expected to be at the end of 2019

If I have bought a double niche is there any cost for the second urn being interred?

No, the second set of ashes are interred at no further cost

If I have bought a double niche is there any cost for the carved column inscription, plaque inscription and the second urn?

They are all included in the price

If I purchase more than one niche will they be next to each other?

Yes, if the niches are purchased or reserved at the same time.

What is provided on the plaque inscriptions and on the carved column inscription?

Each niche will be provided with:


  • Single niche plaque – 75 characters free of charge
  • Double niche plaque – 100 characters free of charge
  • For additional characters there will be a charge. Please contact WGC.
  • Carved column inscription will be a Christian name and surname
What if I wish to change my mind?

There is an automatic 14 day cooling off period during which you may cancel your purchase and your money will be returned to you within 7 days

Can I organise a ceremony at the interment?

Ceremonies can be held with religious or spiritual advisors (at your cost). We can supply a list of celebrants who in the area and charge a fee. All guests are welcome; guest lists will need to be to be provided in advance.


Please contact WGC for the list of rooms, facilities, and hospitality tariffs.

Can I hold a catered event before or after a ceremony?

Arley Hall has a specially designed function areas for hire and these are opposite the Gardeners Kitchen (café). All events are catered by Heritage Portfolios. Just let us know and we can organise this for you.

What are the niche dimensions?

Dimension for the niches are: 

Single Niche – dimensions:    270mm (deep) x 133mm (wide) x 183mm (tall)

Double Niche – dimensions:    270mm (deep) x 291mm (wide) x 183mm (tall)

Slate doors are approximately the same size in width and height

What are the dimensions of the urn (available from us)?

Bespoke Urn – dimensions: 260mm (deep) x 123mm (wide) x 178mm (tall).  These are only available from the company

What happens to the ashes at the end the lease?
  • The lease may be renewed, or
  • The urn can be returned to your estate, or
  • The ashes can be scattered in the Memorial Garden (at no cost) and the plaque returned to your estate


When and what do I have to pay?

Please see price list and order form


When we have received your order form you will be sent an invoice, and the niche will be secured when WGC receives the deposit payment


The full balance is payable within 28 days of the opening of the Summer Memorial Garden

Is VAT included?

All sales are inclusive VAT rate at the prevailing of 20%

Do I receive a receipt on payment?

A receipt will be emailed to you when we receive payment

Information Required

Will I receive anything else with my receipt?

Yes, you will be receive an information sheet asking you to provide contact details for yourself, noted friends, and family representatives. This is so that we can contact them as and when required, and to ensure that all entitlements for free entry to the Memorial Gardens, and free parking permission are registered

What happens if I don’t complete these details?

If these details are not registered, then we may have to make charges for entry and parking. We also need these details to ensure that we carry out your wishes in the future

Opening Times

What are the visiting times for the Memorial Garden at Arley?

For the general opening and closing times for Arley Hall & Gardens please refer to either the Arley website, or ours.


However, the Summer Memorial Garden will be open 365 days a year.

How much does it cost to visit Memorial Garden at Arley?

All registered family members and others will be entitled to visit the Arley Memorial Garden free of charge, even when Arley Hall is closed.

Design of Memorial Gardens

Who has designed the Gardens?

Tom Stuart-Smith, one the UK’s best landscape garden designers

What is the concept?

The garden will be a place that is both serene, contemplative and quietly ceremonial. There is a great emphasis on naturalism in the planting and on an underlying progression through the seasons


The masterplan for the whole garden shows it to be designed in four quarters with each quarter representing one season. Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. The seasons of the year reflect the stages and cycle of life. However great care has been taken to ensure that all parts of the garden will always look good throughout the year

Which season will you start with?

The first garden will the Summer garden

What is the thinking behind the layout of the Summer Garden?

It is centred on a large circular lily pond. The circle represents the sun and the perfection of heaven. It also connects with the Holy Well. The pool lies in the centre of a square lawn which is studded with tall columns of beech. The columns will reflect in the water. They will also extend into some of the surrounding flower beds. The intention is to create a space that is beautiful and contemplative but also impressive and even slightly monumental

Who maintains the gardens?

Arley’s team of experienced and capable gardeners will oversee all the upkeep and maintenance

Can I see how things are developing?

Yes, by appointment only. Please contact us to arrange a visit

Can I help out at Arley?

The friends Arley Hall and Gardens – click on the link for their website http://www.arleyhallandgardens.com/friends-arley

What other services are available onsite?

Is there a Memorial Garden office at Arley?

Yes, when it opens; it will be located on the right-hand side of the garden (when looking at the garden from the house). It will be staffed all year round including public holidays, please see the website when the garden opens, for opening hours. You will be able to contact the staff by telephone and email

What are the parking arrangements at Arley?

There will be a 16-car blue-badge carpark next to the Summer Garden. On Christmas Day, and when Arley Hall is closed, parking at this site will be available for all on a limited basis. There is free parking in the main Arley Car Park – cars should follow the Olympia Room directions once through the entrance to Arley

Café and shop

The Gardeners Kitchen (café) run by Heritage Portfolio (by Royal Warrant) and the Arley Shop opposite to the Café. Tickets for Arley’s own gardens are on sale at the shop or can be purchased from us.

(C) The Walled Garden Group Limited 2019. These FAQs are liable to change at the Company’ discretion.

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