An agricultural field has been transformed into the first green burial ground in Angus.
The CairnBrae Natural Burial Ground will be operational shortly and the site is already attracting an abundance of wildlife.
Burials involving biodegradable coffins will take place at the half-hectare corner site which is opposite Kellas Wood near Dundee.
No large headstones or mementos will be allowed and families will instead be encouraged to plant a tree to remember their loved ones or place an inscribed memorial field stone on the grave.
Part of the site will also be set aside for the burying of ashes and the scheme will accommodate almost 500 plots.
Owner Alma Kettles said: “We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and encouragement CairnBrae has received from the local community and are sincerely grateful to everyone who has offered their support along the way.
“Our family has farmed the land in this area for four generations and our farm has been part of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme for 16 years.
“Protecting the environment and contributing to the biodiversity of the land is at the heart of all we do.
“Creating CairnBrae for the Dundee and Angus community is simply another extension of this commitment.
“Families have the option of planting a tree of remembrance on the grave.
“Our vision is to create and protect a nature-rich woodland that eventually covers the whole site, where each tree becomes a living and breathing legacy to the deceased.”
There are now around 300 natural burial sites across the UK, including 19 in Scotland.
A natural burial involves the body’s natural return to the earth in a bio-degradable coffin or urn without the use of preservation chemicals that can pollute the ground.
A natural burial has become an increasingly popular choice for eco-conscious individuals as an environmentally friendly alternative to a traditional cemetery burial.
Alma said: “Some choose a natural burial as they see it as their parting gesture to the environment where their remains are able to rekindle life as a forest or a tree.
“A natural burial will support and sustain the cycle of life, not compromise it.
“We have worked hard to transform an agricultural field in to a beautiful and tranquil resting place, using recycled materials at every opportunity.
“As an example, the 10 tonnes of stone used to make the cairn and entrance wall were gathered from the farm fields last year.
“We have also involved community groups when possible with the fantastic team at The Aberfeldy Workshop creating our lovely rustic entrance sign.
“We are a small burial ground with a set number of burial and ashes plots available.”
People can get more information at www.cairnbrae.co.uk