Farmer and TV presenter Adam Henson (Countryfile) officially opened a new pet crematorium in Tewkesbury, built to meet an increasing demand for pet cremation services.

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Opened in April, the Tewkesbury facility is the third owned and operated by Cambridge Pet Crematorium (CPC) – a family-run pet crematoria set up in 1979.

CPC claims to have pioneered the concept of compassionate pet cremations and opened the new site to reduce the need for pet owners to travel to its other crematorium in Cambridge.

Despite being based in Tewkesbury, the new facility is named Cheltenham Pet Crematorium to emphasise that CPC offer its services to a wider area.

General manager Jason Cracknell said talking about loss and remembering happier times with a pet is an important part of grieving.

He said: “When we opened the UK’s first crematorium more than 35 years ago many people thought that co-founders and devoted pet owners, Ray Hale and his father-in-law Clive Jackman, were mad. But the wish for a dignified way to say goodbye to a pet has grown and we have people travelling from all over the country with their other pets to attend cremations. To reduce this stress was one reason why we chose to open a new centre in Gloucestershire.”  

Mr Henson said: “Over the years I’ve had a number of dogs and when the vet has needed to euthanise them, it is a quite emotional and sad time.

“I’m lucky as I live on a farm and all my dogs are buried in the garden but not everybody has that opportunity so if they’ve got somewhere where they can take their pet to say goodbye I think that is a good thing.”

Features of the crematorium include a memorial and wildlife garden designed by local school pupils, a visitors’ area and a farewell room where owners can see their pet in private before the cremation takes place.

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