A quick guide to memorial trees

One of the biggest symbols of Christmas is the tree. It is symbolic of the spring to come and everlasting life. This symbolism is also why trees are great for memorials. Many people choose to plant them to commemorate the life of a loved one. This is a lovely gesture but people may struggle to decide what to do. Luckily our guide can help. Darren W Faragher is one of the best Birmingham funeral directors because we support local people looking to make arrangements.

Where to plant?

There are lots of options here including your own garden, a favourite local spot, or even have the tree in a pot. If you choose a public place such as a park you need to get permission. In addition you have to think about how the setting will affect the tree’s growth. Don’t choose an area where it may be stunted in any way or cause issues.

Which species are best?

Choosing the right species of tree can be tricky. There are plenty of options to choose from. What you should think about is things like the flowering period, how much care and upkeep the tree will need, and the symbolism. The most popular trees include:

Holly – symbolises peace and goodwill
Silver Birch – symbolic of new beginnings as well as protection
Hazel – embodying wisdom and faith
Hawthorn – represents wisdom and protection
Olive – a traditional symbol of peace as well as friendship
Oak – a strong native tree that symbolises truth and courage

A final thing to consider is how long the tree will live. There are many species that can last for hundreds of years. As a result you could have a real long lasting tribute.

Cremation ashes

Many people choose memorial trees so they can use the cremation ashes to nourish them. While this is possible you can’t just put them around the tree because they have a high pH and salt content. This can affect the growth of the tree. To make them less harmful the alkaline and salt must be balanced. The best way to do this is by using an acidic compost.

Memorial trees are a fantastic gesture but you need to make the right choices. Darren W Faragher can help. As the top Birmingham funeral directors we have a lot of experience with green funerals and memorials. Speak to us if you want to know more.