Westmill Woodland Burial Ground CIC

Westmill is a CIC or community interest company. This requires us to offer a service to our local community and be a not for profit business.

The money in the company is asset locked and can only be transferred to a charity or another CIC never to an individual.  We report each year to the CIC regulator.

The team

Find out more about the team here at Westmill.

Liz Rothschild

Liz Rothschild

Liz is a performer, celebrant and director of Westmill Woodland burial ground which was her idea originally.  Adam has generously allowed her to use one of his fields and got alongside with it all.  She is passionate about people knowing what is possible around death and dying and feeling free to create the funeral they want.   She is currently touring her one woman show Outside the Box – A Live Show about Death when not doing the day job.  For more information about her visit www.fullcircleproductions.org.uk  Her interest in death began when a very close friend died totally unexpectedly and she found herself organising the funeral.  Nothing has ever been the same since.  She was joint recipient of the Most Significant Contribution to the Understanding of Death award in 2017.

Adam Twine

Adam Twine

Adam owns Westmill with his sister Jane Twine.  He began farming at Westmill in 1983 and soon after converted most of the farm to organic.  He has been deeply concerned about environmental issues all his adult life and amongst projects listed later also set up a not for profit business Farmers Carbon Cutting Toolkit to encourage farmers to review the impact of their farming methods on soil health and carbon emissions. www.farmcarbontoolkit.org.uk.  He is profoundly aware of the privilege of owning land and wants to share the benefits as widely as he can.  He has improved public access since taking over and regularly hosts events for the general public.  He was recipient of the Schumacher Award in 2007.

Jan Power

Jan Power

Jan has worked in the funeral industry since 2013 and has been at Westmill since early 2017 as the Manager of the burial ground. Before this time she did a variety of jobs including managing various administrative processes within the Higher Education sector and also undertaking several roles as a business analyst. The death of her family followed by some fairly unsatisfactory funerals led Jan to believe there must be a way to do funerals ‘better’ for people. It was this belief that ultimately led her initially into funeral directing and then on to Westmill. Jan now lives a simple life with her cat on a narrow boat moored close by on the River Thames.

Rebecca Brain

Rebecca Brain

I take care of the burial site through the seasons, mowing the paths in the summer and scything the long grasses if an area needs clearing for a burial. I lay the memorial plaques and I plant trees, wildflowers or bulbs (often with the help of the Friends and Families group). I remove the pernicious weeds so that the ecology of the site is maintained and the adjacent farmland is not affected. I am an RHS trained horticulturalist working in a diverse range of locations and specialising in Organic Horticulture (ornamental and edible!) I am also a trustee of local charity Root and Branch, also based at Westmill Farm.

Funeral Helpers

Anne Durrell

Ann Durnell

Ann Layt-Williams

Ann Layt-Williams

Annabelle Zinovieff

Annabelle Zinovieff

Billie Hayter

Billie Hayter

Brian Layt-Williams

Brian Layt-Williams

Chris Park

Chris Park

Dorothy Heapy

Dorothy Heapy

Gemma Fox

Gemma Fox

Ian Craigan

Ian Craigan

Jacqui Collins

Jacqui Collins

Karen Vogt

Karen Vogt

Kevin Ryder

Kevin Ryder

Lewis Watson

Lewis Watson

Linda Mackenzie

Linda Mackenzie

Lynn Sunners

Lynn Sunners

Margaret Nairne

Margaret Nairne

Rose-Anne O'Hare

Rose-Anne O’Hare

Sharon Bird

Sharon Bird

Sue Rees

Sue Rees

Westmill Farm

Westmill Farm was used as an airfield during the 1939-45 war hence the concrete pill box at the entrance to the airfield where we now keep our cart.  It was bought by Adam’s grandfather after the war when it was no longer needed for military purposes.  It is home to a wide variety of projects and businesses:

Westmill community owned windfarm and solar park providing clean renewable energy to 4,000 homes and profits to the 4,000 shareholders.  A 17 year long struggle to create a groundbreaking visionary project demonstrating that we can create a sustainable future for our children.

Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust which Liz helped to set up has hosted hundreds of visits for thousands of school and college students, council officers and planner and supported a wide range of local sustainable projects as well as insulating the local village hall amongst other things. www.weset.org

Root & Branch which Adam and Liz co-founded with the original Trustees, now an independent charity providing activities for people with mental health issues.  It has a flourishing garden, polytunnel, forge, woodwork shop and art workshop and kitchen.  Watch out for their very popular open days.  www.rootandbranch.info

Westmill Organics,  a local organic vegetable growing project check out the shop with the large orange carrot at the bottom of the hill. www.westmillorganics.co.uk

Bartletts Memorial masons who cut our machine cut memorial tablets are based in the farmyard. www.bartlettmemorials.co.uk

Westmill Forestry Guy Newton and team, large scale tree planting and surgery   07855465515

Tony’s Trees Tony Hinks - fruit trees and other horticultural services 07979618196 tonystrees@live.co.uk

Acorn Education Chris Park works with children and adults on sustainable arts projects, building roundhouses and beekeeping.  He lives off-grid just below the burial ground. www.acorneducation.com

Westmill farm

"As soon as I saw the site I felt at peace.  For a man of the outdoors it was perfect.   You were so kind and explained everything so well.  It felt very natural."  AW