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Planting a Memorial Tree

Memorial Trees UK

Planting a memorial tree is a great idea. It provides an focus for remembrance, it represents life going on and the passage of time.

Things to consider:

  • You should plant a memorial  tree that is native to the UK e.g. an Ash, Beech or Sessile Oak.
  • Consider the size and shape of the tree make sure reflects the landscape eg Spruce in Scotland.
  • If you are planting in your own garden use Living Memorial this is 100% effective.
  • Plant one that encourages wildlife eg Birch is a good all-round tree attracting many species of birds and insects.
  • You may also wish to consider the symbolism e.g. Rowan and Hazel trees hold a special place in British history and were used used in ancient druid/pagan ceremonies.
  • Consider how long the tree will they live for e.g. the Yew tree can live for a 1000 years, but the berries are poisonous so this is not often seen in hedgerows or fields.
  • How big will the tree get, and do you have the space. An oak may make a wonderful symbolic gesture but if it is too big the space, it may need to be removed which is not the objective.
  • A number of companies operate memorial woodlands – they will plant and maintain a tree for you.  Some of these woodland sites are for burial, some for ashes and some for both.
  • If you are paying someone else to do it, check – is it your tree or is someone planting it anyway and you are paying for it to be dedicated?  It depends what you want, but it isn’t the same thing. Generally a simple way to tell is the price – if it is your tree, planted on a space for you it will cost in the region of £500+. If it is a dedication it will cost significantly less. You should check what you are getting for that money – replacement tree if it is necessary; access to the site; guarantee it will not be harvested on maturity.
  • Here is a lovely site that we work with in the Lake District – Memorial Tree Lake District

Planting a Memorial Tree in the UK

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