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Memorial Tree Planting - Ashes Memorial Tree

Memorial Tree Planting

Memorial Tree Planting

Memorial Tree planting. There is something really special about memorialising our loved ones with a tree – a continuation of life.  It such a wonderful idea but the tree needs to flourish and simply planting a tree with human ashes doesn’t actually work very well.

Soil Enhancer for Ashes

If you plant a tree directly into the ground or a pot with your loved one’s ashes you could damage or even kill the tree. Human ashes are high in alkaline and salts and this impacts your trees’ ability to grow and survive. Our package contains our Soil Enhancer for Memorial Trees – Living Memorial . This is a soil product that you mix with their  ashes. It will neutralise the negative impact of ashes and extract the nutrients to give to your tree.

Each Memorial Tree Pack contains:

  • Tree sapling in a pot 1-1.2m / 3-4ft *
  • Soil Enhancer for Memorial Trees
  • Stake and ties
  • Bio Guard
  • Option to include a plaque

The price includes: VAT and P&P

*We may be able supply bigger trees if required

Choice of Memorial Tree

Memorial Trees for Smaller Gardens:

Hawthorn Tree

The Hawthorn is a perfect size for smaller settings, with pale green leaves appearing in Spring and an explosion of pretty pink blossom in May.

Size – Mature size of 15-50ft tall

Symbolism – The hawthorn tree represents originality and symbolizes a person’s unique individuality.  Widely regarded as a symbol of love, the tree represents a great memorial for those close to your heart.

Crab Apple Tree

Naturally compact, they’re the perfect choice for a smaller garden – the birds, bees and butterflies certainly think so. As well as being great value, bare root trees establish quickly and are easy to care for when newly planted.

Size – Mature trees grow to around 10m in height and can live up to 100 years.

Symbolism – A symbol of fertility and a forager’s delight. Crab apple trees are associated with love and marriage and its small, hard fruits make an exquisite, jewel-coloured jelly.

Flowering Cherry Tree

A fragrant display of life and colour is a most welcome sight following the winter months and makes them exceptional for ornamentation. Watching the pink-white blossom shed like confetti is a spectacle many other trees can’t match. These Cherry Trees will certainly stand out for spring occasions and be admired for years to come.

Size – Grow 3-5m tall.

Symbolism – The true meaning of the flowering cherry blossom tree is somewhat bittersweet, their overwhelming beauty is there each spring to remind us that life is beautiful yet fleeting. The symbolism of cherry blossom is probably the most well-known within Japanese culture.

Large Memorial Trees

Oak Tree

A large, deciduous tree, matures to form a broad, spreading crown with sturdy branches underneath.  It has distinctive round-lobed leaves with short leaf stalks and grows acorns 2-2.5cm long.

Size – Can grow 20-40m tall

Symbolism – The mighty Oak tree is an enduring emblem of strength and survival, representing authority, safety and courage – the Oak’s symbolism is one that remains consistent and sure.

Wild Cherry Tree

The wild cherry displays a mass of white flowers, followed by its familiar fruit – red cherries. It has oval leaves and red, papery bark that peels in horizontal bands.

Size – Can grow up to 30m tall

Symbolism – The wild cherry is thought to have had enigmatic qualities according to Highland folklore and in those days to come across a wild cherry tree was considered fortunate. Wild cherry folklore is also associated with the cuckoo. It was said that this bird cannot stop singing until it has eaten three good meals of cherries.

Copper Beech Tree

The Copper Beech is a cultivated form of the common beech so it’s torpedo shaped leaf buds are coppery in colour and up to 2cm in length.  The bark is smooth, thin and often with slight etchings. Twigs are slender and grey and resemble a zig-zag shape.

Size – The Copper Beech grows to a height of more than 40m.

Symbolism – Deep purple, distinctive, dramatic. Loved by some but loathed by others. You’ll often find this striking tree planted in landscape-scale gardens as a specimen tree.

Fruit Trees

From apples and plums to cherries and pears, many trees produce delicious fruits in summer and autumn. Compact forms are usually available, making them suitable for even the smallest gardens. Many fruit trees also produce pretty blossom, and some offer colourful foliage in autumn too.

Size – Varies dependent on the fruit

Symbolism – A fruit tree is is symbolic of nurturing energies.  The fruit tree can also represent a recovery from illness and blessings of nature.

Lime Tree

The common lime has heart-shaped leaves, five-petalled flowers and small, oval fruits with pointed tips. The three lime trees of the UK are difficult to tell apart. The common lime can be recognised by the abundant twiggy suckers around the base of its trunk.

Size – Can grow up to 40m

Symbolism – The lime tree, also called the linden tree or a Basswood, is regarded in different cultures around the world as a symbol of healing, luck, truth, and love, among others.  Visually, it is a stunning tree with a wide sturdy trunk, lush heart-shaped leaves, and small almond-shaped fruits.

Hazel Tree

The Hazel tree is one of the most useful trees for its bendy stems and as a conservation saviour. It has a smooth brown/grey bark with oval leaves.

Size – Often coppiced, but if left to grow it can reach a height of 12m.

Symbolism – For some the mighty Hazel tree is a symbol of Knowledge and wisdom.  To others it is a symbol of protection with the ability to guard against evil spirits, providing enduring abundance and love to many.

Where can I plant a memorial tree?

  • You will need the landowners permission to plant a tree. If that is your garden then that is not a problem. Otherwise get permission before planting.
  • Private land may not stay within the same ownership. If the landowner changes visiting may be restricted or prevented.
  • Make sure the landscape and location are suitable – what will the size be when it is fully grown? Planting a large tree near a building may impact the foundations.

Planting a memorial tree

When to plant a memorial tree you can read our blog post: Best time of year to plant your pet memorial tree

Site Preparation and Planting

  • Mix the ashes with soil, the instructions are on the side of the tin, you can do this in advance.
  • For best planting guidelines we refer you to the Royal Horticulture Society Guide to Planting Trees
  • Aftercare for a tree, this guide is very useful – Tree Aftercare


This product promotes biodiversity at all levels of an ecosystem, from microbe to mammal.

It really is a revolutionary organic medium for driving the recycling of several elements that are absolutely crucial for life on our planet.

Prof. David Carter – Chaminade University of Honolulu

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Richard Martin – Director at Scattering Ashes

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