Living Legacy: From Grief to Growth

Living Legacy: From Grief to Growth Words by Georgina Reid . Images by Daniel Shipp | November 16, 2016 Warren Roberts’s best friend passed away 10 years ago. He didn’t cry at the funeral, and if you’d asked him how he was in the following years he would’ve told you he was fine. He [...]

Human ashes are transformed into plant food for trees by plant pathologists

Human ashes are transformed into plant food for trees by plant pathologists By Fiona Keating May 21, 2016 16:17 BST Dr Mary Cole used the ashes of a late friend to find out if the process was possibleGreater Melbourne Cemeteries Trust The latest advances in recycling developed by Australian plant pathologists have made possible [...]


CREMATED REMAINS TO NOURISH MEMORIAL TREES MAY 20, 2016 ENVIRONMENT / PARKS Australians wanting to live on as part of the environment after they die now have a new burial option, with a Melbourne research team discovering how to turn human ashes into plant food. Dr Mary Cole of the Agricultural Pathology and Biologocal [...]


May 19, 2016 in Tree news | Tags: Costa Georgiadis ambassador The Living Legacy program, Dr Mary Cole The Living Legacy program, Greenfleet offset program, human ashes to fertiliser, memorial trees, The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust Melbourne, The Living Legacy program, tree planting, tree to mark a death, Warren Roberts The Living Legacy program [...]

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“It gave us absolute peace”

-Dianne Rich

“All of our daughters were able to plant their own Legacy Trees in their own place to continue the presence of their late mother who was a passionate gardener”

-Andrew Troedel

“If I was going to be cremated, I would choose to be a lemon scented gum.”

Jacqui Weatherill, CEO Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

“My 15 year old god daughters planted the tree on Father’s day, a month after he passed away, and found  so much peace in the experience. 

Mishka King on behalf of the late William Francis Huff

“Some say: for the greater good of mankind, that’s not us, that’s generations to come”

Rob Gell, Environment advocate

“There is a very important connection between plants and people, if you’re planting a tree, it’s for the next generation, your not just planting it for yourself”

Tim Entwisle, Director Royal Melbourne Botanic Gardens