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:

15 years
25 years
50 years
90 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

Only available until 31st May 2019

The bespoke urn or urns, the 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.

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

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

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 WGC.
  4. Carved column inscription will be a Christian name and surname

The lease 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 days

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.

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 the company

  1. The lease may be renewed (subject to length of term), or
  2. The urn can be returned to your estate, or
  3. The ashes can be scattered in the Memorial Garden (at no cost) and the plaque and urn returned to your estate


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 at Arley Hall

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

A receipt will be emailed to you when we receive payment

No, your one-off payment covers all costs including all maintenance and upkeep of the niche for your lease period.

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 all entitlements for free entry to the Memorial Gardens, and free parking permission are registered

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 Summer Memorial Garden 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 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 all the upkeep and maintenance

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

The Friends 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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