Burying Pets Ashes
Burying pets ashes in your garden is totally legal as long as you own the property, the issue of whether it is environmentally hazardous won’t arise as your pet has been cremated.
There are few issues to consider:
Whereabouts in the garden? A favourite resting spot in the sunshine is a popular choice as well as somewhere that can be seen from a kitchen or lounge window. Do make sure that there aren’t any utilities, pipework or cables where you are burying and that it is somewhere that won’t be dug up, sometimes places close to the house can be more problematic.
Do I need an urn or casket and if so which one? This will depend upon what you wish to do with the ashes in the future. Do you want the ashes of your pet returned to the soil? If so then you could choose a biodegradable urn that will break down naturally over time, you may also consider whether an urn is entirely necessary, if it is something more natural you are after why bother? You can always have a marker to show the last resting place. If you want to keep the ashes and think you might move house at some point then you might want to consider a waterproof urn with a marker so that you can dig it up if you need to.
The depth of the grave is not as vital as it would be if the animal had not been cremated, if you are using a non-degradable urn it is advisable to go deeper say 2 feet+ (to minimise the chance of disturbance), if you are aiming for the ashes to breakdown in the soil then it needs to be nearer the surface where more biological activity takes place.
The last point to think about is marking the grave, a stone, plaque, shrub or a tree are good options. A tree or shrub is more discreet BUT you will need to consider its proximity to walls, services and neighbours, as it might be distressing, due to its strong association with your pet, if you have to move or restrict the tree should a problem arise. Shrubs and trees can be very comforting to nurture and look at during the changing seasons.