Frequently Asked Questions

All About 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.

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 c.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.

From April 2, 2019 the following options are available:

10 years
15 years
20 years
25 years

Or by arrangement

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

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

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

The right to occupy a Niche (in accordance with clause B.1 of our terms and conditions). 

Complimentary extras include a plaque and its inscription up to 75 characters for a single Niche 100 characters for a double Niche together with the carved column inscription of your name or names, as well as your entry or entries in the Book of Remembrance. Further services are available for an additional fee.

No, interment of the second urn is also free of charge in respect of any right to occupy a double Niche that you have purchased.

Yes, provided you purchase or reserve the right to occupy the Niches at the same time and notify us that you would like the Niches to be located next to each other.

Each Niche will be provided with:

  1. Single niche plaque – 75 characters free of charge
  2. Double niche plaque – 100 characters free of charge
  3. For additional characters there will be a charge. Please contact the Walled Garden Company.

Carved column inscription with a first name and a surname

The Term commences on date of interment in the of the Arley Memorial Gardens at Arley Hall.

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 working days.

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

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. 

Dimension for the Niches are: 

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

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

Slate doors are approximately the same size in width and height

Bespoke Urn – dimensions: 260mm (deep) x 123mm (wide) x 178mm (tall).

These are only available from us. You may source an alternative urn elsewhere.

  1. At the end of the Term, you may: (i) request that your right to occupy a Niche is extended for a renewal term (subject to the renewal term ending on or before 31 December 2117, or such other date as notified to you from time to time); or (ii) request that the urn be made available for collection by your estate. In the event you request neither of the above, we will scatter the ashes in the Arley Memorial Gardens (at no extra charge) and the plaque and urn made available for collection by your estate.


Please see our price list, terms and conditions and order form.


When we have received your order form you will be sent an invoice, and the right for you to occupy the Niche will be secured when we receive payment of the first instalment or deposit from you. You must then make any subsequent payments in accordance with our invoice (to avoid losing your right to occupy the Niche).

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

A receipt will be emailed to you when we receive payment

No, your one-off payment for the grant of the right to occupy the Niche is all we ask from you (unless you order further extras from us). We are responsible for the cost of maintenance and upkeep of the Niche and the Arley Memorial Gardens.

Information Required

Yes, you will 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 they are registered for free entry to the Memorial Gardens and free parking.

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

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

However, the Arley Memorial Gardens will be open 365 days a year.

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.

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

Tom Stuart-Smith, one the UK’s best landscape garden designers and a multiple winner at Chelsea Flower Show

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.

The first garden will be 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.

Arley’s team of experienced and capable gardeners will oversee the upkeep and maintenance of the Arley Memorial Gardens.

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

The Friends of Arley Hall and Gardens do a great deal of voluntary work which brings special access – click on the link for their website

What other services are available onsite?

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

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

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.

Get In Touch

Are you interested in finding out more about our services? Get in touch with us by leaving your details and one of the Walled Garden team will call you back. 

Alternatively you can call us on 0333 014 3236

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