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(Pictured L-R: John Stone, Russ Ward, Becca Stevens, Tom Knox, Karen Ward Knox, John Christian Phifer)

For Immediate Release:  Larkspur finalized the purchase of land in Sumner County, paving the way for it’s first burials that can be expected as early as spring of 2018.

On Monday April 17th, the Sumner County Commission voted in favor of Larkspur Conservation at Taylor Hollow, Tennessee’s first conservation burial ground. The preserve will be located adjacent to Taylor Hollow State Natural Area (owned by The Nature Conservancy.)

There are 100+ natural burial grounds in the U.S., over 200 in the U.K. and even more around the world. Larkspur Conservation’s commitment to conserve land through a revival of traditional burial practices will create a mindful option in Tennessee.

Conservation burial occurs when natural burial, combined with a conservation easement, protects land forever.  This particular burial method will prohibit the use of concrete, plastic, metal, exotic woods and formaldehyde from being placed into the soil.  The ecosystem where burial takes place will be protected and managed ecologically by The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee.

Larkspur Conservation is a 501(c)3 non-profit established in 2013 expressly to conserve land using natural burial as a tool.

In the coming days and weeks ahead, Larkspur Conservation will begin working with The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee to develop a conservation easement protecting the land forever. The Nature Conservancy explains; a conservation easement is a voluntary, legally binding agreement that limits certain types of uses or prevents development from taking place on a piece of property now and in the future, while protecting the property’s ecological or open-space values.  For more than four decades, The Nature Conservancy has been using conservation easements to protect landscapes from development — affording them better protection than could be accomplished through outright purchase. Soon after the conservation easement is complete, trails and pathways will be created granting access to the preserve’s burial areas.   The site’s first natural burials could begin as early as Spring of 2018.

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