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Open Day and Willow Weaving Demonstration at Ireland’s First Natural Burial Ground

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About the event

A member of Historic Houses of Ireland, Woodbrook House is a large listed family home in Co Wexford owned by Giles FitzHerbert and his family, who in 2012, started the first natural burial ground in Ireland.

Woodbrook Natural Burial Ground is holding an open day that will include a demonstration of the traditional craft of willow-weaving which has found a new application in Irish willow coffins.


Where is it taking place?

Woodbrook Natural Burial Ground

Who is it suitable for?

All ages


Disability access – you can drive to the entrance of the graveyard and there is a flat path around the graveyard, but keep in mind that most of the graveyard is similar to a field. There is a toilet on site, however, there are no disability toilets

When is it taking place?

Saturday August 12th, 10am to 3pm

Price & do you need to book?

Free. Booking is not required

Contact details



+353 86 1722 955

Additional information 

Woodbrook House is also a member of Hidden Ireland. This event is part of National Heritage Week 2023.

Present on the day will be Colin McAteer of Green Coffins Ireland and The Green Graveyard Company as well as Woodbrook House owner, Giles FitzHerbert, who has also hosted, amongst others, the Irish Green Gathering in 2007 and 2008, and an opera festival. A prototype compost toilet designed by his son, Octavian FitzHerbert, will be on display too


All August Craft Month events are run independently by the event organisers. For questions regarding this event please contact the event organiser directly.

Event Details

Maker: Green Coffins Ireland and sister company The Green Graveyard Company

Starts: Sat 12 Aug at 10:00 am

Ends: Sat 12 Aug at 3:00 pm

Craft Type: Basketry & Willow

Event Location: Wexford

Event Type: Demonstration, and More

Price: Free