Pay a visit to the Humber, take a peaceful walk through the BBL Nature Reserve, or visit the natural beauty of Spurn Heritage Coast to scatter your loved one’s ashes in a place that is special to them.
Scattering Ashes in Hull
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 Hull is surrounded by natural beauty, there are many places for families and friends to scatter ashes, from The Humber, to Spurn Heritage Coast, and The BBL Nature Reserve.
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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.
The Humber is a large tidal estuary that forms at Trent Falls, Faxfleet, by the confluence of the tidal rivers Ouse and Trent. The Humber is an iconic feature of the Yorkshire countryside and would be a great place to scatter a loved one’s ashes.
While the English Environment Agency permits you to scatter ashes into bodies of water, you should always be mindful of others around you and avoid putting anything in the river that is not degradable, such as plastic. You can scatter ashes into the Humber from a boat or along its banks.
Scattering ashes from a boat is more private, and it lets you scatter ashes in places that wouldn’t be accessible by standing on the bank. Overall it is easier to scatter ashes from a boat.
Or you can scatter your loved one’s ashes from the bank of the Humber. There is no additional cost to scattering ashes from the riverbank, and you don’t have to worry about limiting the number of people who attend. You can choose a time and date that suits you, and spend as long as you like on the banks remembering the person who’s died.
Spurn Heritage Coast
One of the most iconic nature reserves in Yorkshire, Spurn Heritage Coast - often called the ‘Lands End’ of Yorkshire, with diverse wildlife such as Hebridean sheep and Longhorn cattle. It is a constantly moving peninsula that curves between the North Sea and the Humber Estuary and is three miles long but just 50 metres wide. Spurn Heritage Coast would be a unique and beautiful place to scatter your loved one’s ashes.
The landscape of Spurn has been shaped by humans that left a legacy of intriguing, derelict buildings and discrete structures, but it will always be wild at heart. It’s at the mercy of the elements, which adds to its uniqueness.
The footpaths in Spurn are always open, unless bad weather forces their closure. Sometimes the nature reserve may be closed to the public during periods of bad weather. Unfortunately, no dogs are allowed on the reserve, and the best time to visit is between March and November.
The BBL Nature Reserve
The BBL Nature Reserve, a beloved green space in Hull to walk, camp, or fish, would make a beautiful, peaceful place to scatter your loved one’s ashes.
However, there is no designated car park and limited space to park your cars around the reserve. For any planned trips to the reserve, you’d want to bring your wellies, as it can be muddy. There is also little signage, so pay close attention to where you’re going as you walk through the reserve, especially if you plan on returning to the site where you scattered your loved one’s ashes to reflect and remember them.
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