Since his retirement in 2012, Ken West has written two books on natural burial, and spent the past four years researching and writing My Pagan Ancestor Zuri, using his horticultural and environmental skills and well as his understanding of death and its associated ritual. Inspired by a Bronze Age grave in his new street in Christchurch, he, and his alter ego Zuri, show why Avonlands is a true paradise, now and in the past, when Stonehenge was the wonder of the age.
Ken featured on BBC Countryfile when it reviewed natural burial, and has been interviewed for various radio programmes and newspapers. He is a life member of the National Trust, Shropshire Horticultural Society and Friends of the Lake District and a member of British Humanists (BHA). He is active on LinkedIn and Facebook. Conscious that retirement is the biggest killer of old people, he runs, cycles, kayaks and does circuits each week, remaining convinced that old age begins at 80.
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