Make it Wild, the British company that helps businesses and individuals offset their carbon footprints through the planting of trees across its six woodland nature reserves, has launched a new service that enables people to plant and nourish a tree using the cremation ashes of a loved one.
The company’s Memorial Trees service has been created by Make it Wild founders, Helen and Christopher Neave, to allow anyone dedicated to nature to have a “beautiful legacy” that not only gives back to the planet, but provides an idyllic spot for relatives and friends to visit.
Make it Wild said the process begins with the neutralisation of the cremated remains, where specialists carefully work with the ashes to eliminate toxic elements though natural processes, ensuring they’re suitable to enrich the earth in which the tree is planted.
Following this, the neutralised ashes are blended with compost, and the family’s chosen species of young, native tree, around seven-to-eight feet tall, is then ready to be planted in the growing medium.
Family or friends can come together on their chosen date to water and plant their tree in the company’s memorial woodland in Nidderdale’s Area of Outstanding Beauty on the outskirts of Harrogate in North Yorkshire.
The trees are specially selected to attract local insects and birds, providing a perfect habitat for wildlife to thrive whilst the deceased person’s remains enhances its growth.
Helen Neave, who co-developed the Memorial Trees service, said: “We have worked with bereaved people for several years assisting in the planting of remembrance trees, without ashes, for a loved one. This is something we have been asked for on many occasions, yet most people are unaware of the fact that untreated ashes within the roots can actually damage a tree.”
Christopher Neave, co-founder, added: “The utmost respect and care is taken with this process, using natural methods and ingredients. It is an absolute honour to be involved with the creation of the ultimate tribute to nature-lovers.”