Cremated remains offer ‘immortality’ as food for memorial trees

Australians wanting to live on as trees after they die now have a new burial option, with a Melbourne research team discovering how to turn human ashes into plant food. Lead scientist Dr Mary Cole said she believed they had created a world-first process to reduce the high salt and alkalinity levels of cremated remains […]

Frangipani, flame tree, or lemon myrtle; what tree would you like to become?

The concept of burying a loved-one’s ashes under a tree or flowering shrub isn’t as straightforward as you may think. Warren Roberts, founder and CEO of Living Legacy Forest, likens the alkalinity of ashes to caustic soda, saying the pH is so high that it either kills plants or hampers root growth. “At the moment, most […]