Q Can I scatter ashes in the National Park?
Scattering ashes in places which someone loved when they were alive is becoming more and more popular. If you want to scatter ashes in the National Park you should check that the place you have chosen has public access – for example is a footpath or a common. Please be respectful of other users of the countryside when you are scattering the ashes. Before you make the decision about where to do this though you may want to think about how you will feel later. If you think that you or other relatives or friends might want to go to the site and commemorate the person who has died then you should choose a cemetery or a green burial ground as your loved one’s final resting place since otherwise you will not be able to leave memorials in the countryside at the site.
Q Can I commemorate someone in the National Park?
The National Park Authority would be delighted to accept donations to its work but it does not offer a service to put up benches and plaques or plant trees specifically dedicated to members of the public. If you want to have a lasting memorial to your loved one, particularly if you want one which you can visit to leave flowers a cemetery or green burial ground would suit your needs as the final resting place.
What sort of memorial might be appropriate in the National Park?
People have previously requested the planting of a commemorative tree or providing a commemorative bench in a public place but we do not have the facility to offer this service to the general public and we would recommend you consider using one of the official Green Burial Sites where you will have the opportunity to plant a tree. You could also consider contributing to the maintenance and upkeep of a favourite beauty spot either with the Authority or by supporting a particular charity – for example Brecknock Wildlife Trust looks after a number of Nature Reserves in the National Park and the National Trust owns the Central Beacons and other beauty spots.
The National Park Authority maintains a book of commemoration for people to remember their loved ones, at its National Park Visitor Centre in Libanus (see http://www.breconbeacons.org/national-park-visitor-centre).
Q What happens when you do find memorials left on paths?
The National Park Authority has a duty to all those who visit the Brecon Beacons National Park and to people who live here. Our wardens regularly find plastic pots which previously held ashes and sometimes remembrances such a flowers wrapped in plastic or plaques. When our wardens find such items they remove them leaving a message explaining what has happened and who you should contact if you would like to reclaim the items.
Other organisations also remove memorials; the local highways authorities usually removes those left on the side of roads and the National Trust removes those left on its property – (which includes Pen y Fan)
For contact details of the relevant county or county borough councils, the National Trust, and regional police forces, see: