I love memorial trees. To me they represent life, beauty & a celebration of the life of the person who has passed. I know that memorial trees are very healing for people who have lost someone they love.
I am excited to see that finally we can choose to have our cremated remains become part of a new living tree, but only in Victoria at the moment. Let’s hope this concept spreads Australia-wide.
The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust in Melbourne is introducing ‘The Living Legacy’ program at all of its nineteen Melbourne cemeteries. The program will allow people to have their cremated ashes turned into fertilizer. See – http://bit.ly/1Tq1Oin
“The product will be incorporated into the root ball of existing trees so the person who has passed literally becomes part of the tree.” How lovely is that.
Not only will one tree be planted to commemorate the death of a person – “a further 200 will be donated to create urban forests in cities in Australia & overseas.”
The trees planted in Australia will be planted by ‘Greenfleet’ an Australian non-profit environmental organization. Greenfleet also have a carbon offset program where you can donate to have your carbon footprint offset with new trees planted in reforestation projects around Australia. See – http://bit.ly/15RsP9A
Melbourne man Warren Roberts came up with the idea of ‘The Living Legacy’ program after the death of his best friend. “He said he was not able to properly grieve her death for years until he spent time out in gardens, parks and forests, which was when he came up with the idea.”
Because cremated ashes are toxic to plants Mr Roberts spoke to a number of experts. He met & formed a professional relationship with scientist Dr Mary Cole who, over a period of two years, developed a method to transform cremated remains into fertilizer & the concept became a reality.
Not only will this program help grieving people. It will also help reforest Australia, provide habitat for wildlife & help mitigate climate change. Another bonus is that Australia’s cemeteries are running out of space.
Costa Georgiadis, host of ABC’s TVs ‘Gardening Australia’ is the ambassador for ‘The Living Legacy’ program. He says, “If we can connect with the longevity of trees, then the baton that we hand to the next generation is spiritually significant.” I like that.