A natural burial is the interment of the body in the soil which does not inhibit decomposition, allowing the body to recycle naturally and have as little environmental impact as possible.
Invercargill City Council parks manager Robin Pagan said the council had always sought to accommodate anyone with special wishes for their burial.
“This is just another way we can help to ensure people’s wishes are respected.”
There was space sufficient for about 30 natural burials in the designated area, which would gradually be planted with trees and shrubs.
Memorials, such as headstones, would not be permitted in the natural burial area, but there were other areas in the cemetery where a plaque of remembrance could be placed.