The manager of a natural burial ground near Lower Tysoe has branded thieves ‘cruel and callous’ after they stole a wood-burning stove worth £1,000, a chimney flue and pieces of furniture from the site.
Emma Restall Orr has run the Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground and Nature Reserve since 2006.
Thieves broke in to a cabin at the burial ground last Thursday and stole items which also included wooden chairs and wicker wood baskets.
Mrs Restall Orr believes the theft was premeditated. She said: “I came to the site on Friday at about 9am and found the cabin doors open. I felt really sick and the first fear I had was that something had happened to the burial ground.
“The thieves must have known the cabin was there and made plans to come at night to break in and take the stove. It beggars belief that people can act in such a cruel and callous way as to steal from somewhere like Sun Rising.”
The site is located in 16 acres of grassland, growing woodland and wildflower meadow. More than 320 people are buried there and the cabin allows staff to help families arrange funerals and memorials for loved ones.
The burglary has left the business without any furniture in the cabin and Mrs Restall Orr is looking for anyone who might be able to donate spare seating.
She said: “This area is a wonderful and expressive mixture of different religions in the community. It really is a beautiful place. The thieves stole all the furniture so we haven’t got anything in the cabin.
“It is used as a place for bereaved family members to have somewhere warm to stay, so we will have to find funds to start again.
“We are thankful the natural peace and beauty of the site was not disturbed at all.”
To help, call Mrs Restall Orr on 01295 688488.