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Here at Mossfords, we understand the importance of offering eco-friendly headstone choices and we’re committed to doing our part to help the planet.

We continually look for ways to reduce our carbon footprint by implementing sustainable practices across our processes and the wider business.

We offer a range of sandstone, limestone, and Welsh slate headstones, and we can also design and craft a bespoke design, all of which are sustainable environmentally-friendly memorial options.

Mossfords is a family-owned memorial masonry company based in Cardiff and Cwmbran, South Wales, with a heritage that spans over two centuries – we believe that honouring our loved ones can also mean honouring the planet we share.

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We’re proud to offer Eco-Friendly memorials for families who share our commitment to preserving the environment for future generations.

Choosing An Eco-Friendly Headstone

Choosing an eco-friendly headstone over a traditional one is a meaningful way to honour your loved one while also making a positive impact on the environment.

At Mossfords, we understand the importance of choosing eco-friendly options and are committed to doing our part to help the planet with our range of sandstone, limestone, and slate memorial options.

Our experienced team can also work with you to create a bespoke design that reflects your loved one’s personality and interests, all while reducing carbon footprint.

An eco-friendly headstone in a cemetery

Eco-Friendly Headstone Materials

Our eco-friendly headstones are available in a range of natural sandstone, limestone, and Welsh slate materials.

Sandstone, limestone, and slate are fantastic environementally-friendly options for the following reasons:

    • Locally sourced in the UK – transported via road haulage as opposed to international sea freight.
    • Abundant in nature – natural and renewable resources, meaning they’re sustainably quarried without depleting the earth’s resources.
    • An aesthetic beauty that fits in with natural surroundings.
    • Durable and weather resistant – less maintenance required and a longer lifespan than many other natural materials.
    • Biodegradable – they can be returned to the earth naturally over the course of several hundred years.

      Please note that these material examples should be used as a guide only.

      The high quality materials that we use are naturally sourced materials, therefore we can expect each headstone to be unique with a tone and pattern that slightly differs to the next.


      Natural Eco-Friendly Materials:


      Limestone material for eco-friendly headstones

      Portland Stone

      Portland Stone eco-friendly headstone material

      Nabresina Stone

      Nabresina stone eco-friendly headstone material


      Sandstone material for eco-friendly headstones


      Yorkstone eco-friendly headstone material

      Forest of Dean Stone

      Forest of Dean stone headstone material

      Welsh Slate

      Welsh Slate eco-friendly headstone material
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      Book an appointment to learn more about our headstones and other memorials by contacting us today.

      Why Choose Us
      For Your Headstone?

      1. Established memorial masons since 1821

      2. Unrivalled craftsmanship & ability to create bespoke gravestones

      3. Over 200 years industry experience

      4. A commitment to sustainable practices

      5. Our 30 years memorial guarantee

      6. Our Price Promise

      7. BRAMM accredited

      8. Selection of eco-friendly materials & styles

      9. Our Aftercare Services – Memorial Maintenance, Insurance etc.

      10. Home Visit or Collection Service available

      Mossfords Memorial Masons 30 year guarantee, price promise & BRAMM accreditation

      Eco-Friendly Headstone Installation Services

      Once your eco-friendly headstone has been designed and crafted by our skilled team of memorial stonemasons, we provide professional installation services to ensure it is securely and expertly installed in your chosen location.

      As experienced experts in the South Wales region, we have extensive knowledge of cemeteries and churchyards in Cardiff, Cwmbran, and surrounding areas, enabling us to offer advice on the most suitable types of eco-friendly headstones for each location.

      Our professional installation service guarantees that your eco-friendly memorial will be installed to the highest standard, providing a lasting tribute to your loved one.

      Mossfords Memorial Masons headstone installation service in Cardiff & Cwmbran

      Home Visit or Collection Service

      We understand that it may be difficult for some customers to attend our memorial showroom, so to help address this we offer our Home Visit Service and our Collection Service.

      These services help ensure all customers have the opportunity to browse our vast gravestone options while discussing all details with one of our expert advisors.

      Learn More About Our Memorial Services

      We also offer a wide range of memorial services, from memorial installation and insurance through to memorial maintenance and restoration.

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      West Cardiff Showroom

      Mossfords memorial showroom in Cardiff

      473 – 475 Cowbridge Road West
      CF5 5TF

      Tel: 0800 093 83 77

      Opening Hours:
      Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm
      Sat: 10am – 12 pm via appointment only
      Sun: Closed

      Central Cardiff Showroom

      Old image of mossfords memorial showroom in Cardiff

      Fairoak Road, Cathays
      CF24 4YA

      Tel: 029 2023 2011

      Opening Hours:
      Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm
      Sat: via appointment only
      Sun: Closed

      Cwmbran Showroom

      Mossfords memorial showroom in Cwmbran

      24 Victoria Street
      Old Cwmbran
      NP44 3JS

      Tel: 01633 549 310

      Opening Hours:
      Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm
      Sat: via appointment only
      Sun: Closed

      Eco-Friendly Headstones FAQs

      What Are Eco-Friendly Headstones Made Of?

      Our eco-friendly headstones are crafted from sandstone, limestone, and slate materials that are locally sourced and sustainably quarried.

      Are Eco-Friendly Headstones More Expensive?

      The cost of a headstone, regardless of whether it is crafted using an eco-friendly material or otherwise, will depend not only on the specific material but also on the size, chosen design, location and installation requirements. For this reason, eco-friendly headstones can prove both more expensive and less expensive than other stone material options. For a better idea, we would highly recommend you speak to one of our expert memorial advisors so that we can provide you with more accurate pricing information that relates to your particular requirements.

      How Long Do Eco-Friendly Headstones Last?

      The lifespan of eco-friendly headstones can vary depending on the type of material used and the location of the memorial. However, in general, eco-friendly headstones made from materials like sandstone, slate, and limestone can be just as durable as traditional headstones made from granite or marble. With proper care and maintenance, eco-friendly headstones can last for many years and provide a beautiful and sustainable way to remember and honour your loved one.

      Can I Customise An Eco-Friendly Headstone?

      Yes, you can customise an eco-friendly headstone just like any other type of headstone. At Mossfords, we offer a variety of eco-friendly materials such as sandstone, limestone, and slate, which can be crafted into unique and personalised designs. Our experienced team of memorial designers and masons can work with you to create a bespoke design that reflects your loved one’s personality, interests, and beliefs. We can incorporate different shapes, engravings, and inscriptions to create a one-of-a-kind memorial that truly honours your loved one’s memory.

      Are There Restrictions On Eco-Friendly Headstones In Cemeteries?

      Restrictions on the use of eco-friendly headstones may vary depending on the specific cemetery or burial ground. It is important to check with the cemetery or burial ground before choosing an eco-friendly headstone to ensure that it complies with their regulations and guidelines. Some cemeteries may have specific requirements for headstone size, material, and design, so it is important to confirm these details before making a purchase.

      Are Eco-Friendly Headstones Suitable For All Weather Conditions?

      Eco-friendly headstones, like traditional headstones, are designed to withstand various weather conditions. However, the specific durability of an eco-friendly headstone may depend on the type of material used. For example, some materials like slate are highly durable and can withstand extreme weather conditions, while others like sandstone and limestone may require more maintenance over time. It is important to discuss the specific weather conditions of your area with a professional headstone provider to ensure you select a suitable eco-friendly material that will withstand the test of time.

      How Do I Maintain An Eco-Friendly Headstone?

      Maintaining an eco-friendly headstone is generally the same as maintaining any other type of headstone. Regular cleaning and maintenance is important to ensure that the headstone stays in good condition. Avoid using harsh chemicals, stiff brushes or power washers as they can damage the stone. Instead, use a soft brush or cloth and mild soap or a specialised stone cleaner. It’s also important to remove any debris or dirt that may accumulate around the base of the headstone to prevent staining and damage to the stone. If you’re unsure about how to properly maintain your eco-friendly headstone, it’s best to consult with a professional memorial company for advice.

      Head over to our Memorial Aftercare page if you’d like to learn more about our range of memorial maintenance packages.

      What Should I Look For When Choosing A Memorial Stonemason?

      When looking for a trustworthy environmentally-friendly memorial stonemason company, there are several factors to consider.

      The first thing to do is to check that they source local renewable stone and slate materials and conduct their work and operations across the business in the most sustainable ways possible.

      Once you’re happy with the way in which they carry out their processes, it’s crucial to research their experience in monumental stonemasonry, any accreditations, their craftsmanship, product quality, and knowledge of the cemetery where the headstone will be placed. Equally important is feeling comfortable working with the stonemasons to design and create your eco-friendly memorial.

      In addition, a deposit is typically required when placing an order, so it’s essential to have confidence in the memorial stonemasons’ ability to complete the work and remain in business to avoid the risk of losing your deposit. Choosing an established memorial mason directly rather than through a middleman such as a funeral director can also help avoid additional costs.

      Ultimately, selecting a reputable and long-standing memorial stonemason will provide peace of mind and assurance that your loved one’s memorial will be crafted to the highest standards while leaving the least amount of carbon footprint possible.

      Can You Help Me Choose An Eco-Friendly Headstone?

      Our team of memorial advisors are always available to have detailed discussions with you about the available options to help you choose the best eco-friendly headstone that suits your needs. We can provide you with information on various renewable natural materials and show you a range of designs that meet your preferences, as well as explain the different engraving and detailing options available for each headstone.

      How Long Should I Wait Before Getting An Eco-Friendly Headstone?

      Choosing a headstone to remember a loved one can be a difficult and emotional task. It’s important to take your time and carefully consider your options to create a tribute that properly honours their life.

      Most cemeteries recommend waiting 6-12 months after burial to ensure the stability of the headstone and prevent damage. However, requirements can vary between cemeteries and depend on the type of memorial chosen.

      Our knowledgeable staff can offer advice and guidance to help navigate this process at cemeteries and churchyards in Cardiff, Cwmbran, and nearby areas.

      Ultimately, the decision of when to install a headstone is a personal one and should be made when you feel ready to honour your loved one in the most appropriate way.

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      Can I Choose An Eco-Friendly Headstone Design That Isn’t In Your Brochure?

      Our team of skilled memorial stonemasons has the expertise to craft a bespoke eco-friendly headstone design that meets your unique requirements. Whether you have an image or a description of a specific design in mind, we can work with you to create a headstone that truly stands out.

      How Long Does It Take To Make An Eco-Friendly Headstone?

      Crafting a headstone, regardless of its design, and engraving a meaningful inscription is a skilled process that requires attention to detail. Thus, it may take several weeks or even months to complete your eco-friendly headstone order. The specific time frame can vary depending on factors such as existing orders and availability of the stone material you desire. To get a better estimate of the lead time, we suggest enquiring about the current demand and requesting an up-to-date estimated completion date when placing your order.

      Can I Add Something To An Existing Eco-Friendly Headstone?

      Certainly, we are capable of adding or modifying an existing headstone to meet your specific needs. This may include adding a unique design, engraving, or altering the inscription with a different font or content. Our compassionate team is always available to discuss your requirements and provide information on the modifications that can be made to the headstone.

      What Is The Average Cost Of An Eco-Friendly Headstone?

      Providing an average cost for any type of headstone can be challenging, regardless of whether it is made with an eco-friendly material or not. This is due to the uniqueness of each headstone and the varying costs that come with factors such as size, inscription, type of headstone, and material costs. To obtain an accurate price, we recommend discussing your specific requirements with one of our representatives.

      However, we can assure you that our prices are competitive, and we offer a price promise. If you find the same quality product elsewhere at a lower price from a recognised and reputable local memorial mason or funeral director, we will provide a discount on the price.

      Do You Offer A Guarantee?

      Yes, we offer an unbeatable 30-year guarantee on all our headstones and other memorials.

      Do You Hold Any Memorial Accreditation?

      Yes, we are BRAMM (British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons) approved, and a registered and fully licensed memorial mason with over 200 years industry experience having first established ourselves way back in 1821.

      Can I See Proofs Of The Eco-Friendly Headstone First?

      We understand the importance of creating an eco-friendly headstone that perfectly honours your loved one, and we want to ensure your complete satisfaction with the design. For this reason, we offer design proofs before moving forward with production. If the design does not meet your requirements, we can revise the layout or style until it is perfect. We are dedicated to working closely with you every step of the way to ensure that the final product is exactly what you envisioned.