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Dedicate in memory: remember a loved one with trees and woodland

Dedicating a tree or woodland provides a living, growing memorial to a loved one and a poignant way of remembering them. Dedications are available in Woodland Trust woods across the UK and can range from individual trees to whole areas of woodland. Three of our supporters tell us about their dedications and what they mean to them:

"Something Eric would have loved"

Lesley dedicated a tree in memory of her husband Eric who passed away in 2012. She chose Fordham Hall Estate as it is close to where the couple were from and easy to visit.

After dedicating the tree, Lesley knew she wanted to do everything she could for Eric. So in the summer of 2013 she dedicated two benches and two acres in the same wood: one to Eric and one to other dearly departed members of a close family.

The benches dedicated by Lesley.
The benches dedicated by Lesley.

Lesley said: “Eric always loved trees and wildlife. He had worked as a parks inspector and had even planted part of his garden to be the perfect spot for wild animals.

“On one occasion I spoke to a lady who was sitting on the bench with her dog, and who said everyone in the village had been asking who the people named on the benches were. After I told her she said she’d look after the benches for me, which was absolutely lovely."

"A place to smile"

Emma dedicated a quarter acre of woodland to her husband Graham after discovering the Woodland Trust owned the woods where he used to jog. Graham was a typical ‘outdoors’ person, who loved walking, jogging, and spending time in the woods.

Emma and her two young daughters picked out a tree within the dedicated area as their special place to remember a special husband and father.

"We love going down to see it and remember our lovely man, it is a place of beauty and we feel close to him there. It is a place to smile, cry, and remember,” Emma said.

A lasting memorial

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"It was always his dream to own woodland"

Gemma had never considered dedicating woodland until she realised her brother’s dream.

Rob loved woodland and had always dreamed of owning his own patch. To celebrate his memory, Gemma and her family set about fundraising to dedicate areas in both Heartwood Forest and Ipsden Wood.

Rob would have been 40 the year the dedications were made, so Gemma established a fund to get him a birthday present he would have loved. She said that Heartwood in particular would have inspired Rob in his music, art, and creative musings.

"I like to remind people that life is precious and that makes trees precious because we’d not exist if we didn’t have trees. And that’s what Rob felt too,” Gemma added.

Gemma and family visit the area of woodland dedicated to Rob.
Gemma and family visit the area of woodland dedicated to Rob.

A personal experience

To say thank you for your dedication, we’ll send a special pack containing a certificate with a personal message, map and wood information sheet. This will help you learn about the history and wildlife of your chosen wood and plan your visit. Dedications start from a suggested donation of £20 for an individual tree and £250 for a quarter acre of woodland.

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