Enjoy a trip to Coventry Canal or visit the beautiful Coombe Country Park to scatter your loved one’s ashes in a place that is special to them.
Scattering Ashes in Coventry
For many people, scattering ashes is a deeply personal moment. It can be a really meaningful way to say goodbye, and it’s important to take time to plan ahead and ensure you choose the right location for you and your loved one.
While some people choose to keep ashes at home in an urn, many people scatter ashes around natural beauty spots, usually places that have special memories attached to them.
Scattering ashes is a great way of honouring your loved ones and in the UK people are generally allowed to scatter ashes anywhere. This can be along a river, in the sea, under a tree, at the beach or even on private land.
To scatter ashes in the sea or in a river then you do not need to have permission, but there are some guidelines to follow, and it’s recommended you seek advice from the environmental agency. For places inland it’s generally safe, but there are guidelines in place to protect nature and permission may need to be granted from the landowner.
As Coventry is home to a famous canal and has a few areas of natural beauty, there are many places for families and friends to scatter ashes, like Coombe Country Park.
Find your funeral director in Coventry who will help you arrange a cremation and give you ideas of a meaningful place to scatter your loved one's ashes.
You can scatter ashes anywhere in the UK if you have permission from the landowner
This means that if you own your own home and want to scatter your loved one’s ashes across the lawn or as part of a garden feature, you can do so without needing a permit.
If you wish to scatter ashes inland then you'll need to seek the landowners permission.
If you want to scatter the ashes at sea or over a river, you do not usually need to ask for permission – but it’s important to follow the Environment Agency’s guidance to help protect the local habitat.
You can find more information in our scattering ashes laws & regulations UK guide.
Coventry Canal is a narrow canal that begins in Coventry and ends 38 miles to the north of Fradley Junction. It’s there that the canal merges with the Trent and Mersey Canal. It also connects to the Ashby Canal, the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, and the Oxford Canal.
The Canal & River Trust operates the Coventry Canal and maintains over 2,000 miles of inland waterways in England and Wales. To scatter ashes in the canal, you can make a request to the Environment Agency who will advise on whether you are permitted to scatter ashes there. As long as the scattering of ashes does not damage the environment, then you should be able to scatter the ashes of your loved one in the canal.
Coombe Country Park
Coombe Country Park - or Coombe Abbey Park - is 500 acres of stunning gardens, woodland, and lakeside walks and would be a peaceful location to scatter your loved one’s ashes. The famous Capability Brown designed the landscape that appeals to families and nature enthusiasts alike.
Coombe Country Park is also easily accessible, as Coventry city centre has plenty of rail links, or you can travel to the park by car via the B4027. You can also walk to the park via the public footpath that runs from Coventry through Coombe Abbey Park.
Coombe Country Park also has a Discovery Centre where you can learn more about the park's grasslands, wetlands, and woodlands. There are also a couple of places in the park where you and your family and friends can gather after you’ve scattered your loved one’s ashes, such as the Café in the Park run by Coombe Abbey Hotel, or Kiosk in the Park, which you can find near the Top Pool.
Arrange a cremation or start a funeral plan with Farewill
We'll help you arrange a direct cremation—this is an unattended funeral with no service—from £895. We'll help transport your loved one, handle all the paperwork and hand-deliver your loved one’s ashes to you.
If you're looking to plan ahead, we'll help you create a funeral plan for £1,450. This is a prepaid direct cremation that protects your family from rising costs. A funeral plan is ideal for those looking to plan and pay for a meaningful funeral in advance.