What is Life for a Life?

Who Are We?

The Life for a Life scheme involves the planting of trees and installing memorial benches to commemorate loved ones. Over time, these trees will develop into beautiful organised forests that everyone can enjoy.

The scheme has been specifically designed to benefit individuals and families who are grieving over the loss of a loved one, regardless of their age, status or religious beliefs.

There are many positive aspects to this scheme including the replacement of negative feelings of pain and loss with uplifting feelings arising from the establishment of a new life in the form of a tree, hence the phrase ‘Life for a Life’. At the same time, a positive contribution is made to the environment and community from which everyone can benefit.

Where Does The Money Go?

Life for a Life Memorial Forests is a not for profit, non-denominational and non- political registered charity (Charity No. 1096422). Regular donations are made to hospices, hospitals and health care related organisations throughout the nation.

Life for a Life is an established registered Charity created to raise funds for Hospitals, Hospices and other Health Care related organisations. The success of the scheme will inevitably lead to a wider distribution of funds to aid many other charities and good causes. Since 1999 we have donated substantial amounts of money back into the community through direct donations and improvements to the local and national environments.

Charitable Aims & Objectives

To Relieve the Mental, Physical, and Spiritual DistressFor people suffering from bereavement or loss, particularly through the provision of memorial trees in memory of their loved ones.
To Promote the Conservation, Protection and Improvement Of the physical and natural environment by the creation of such forests, woodlands and gardens.
The Relief of Sickness & Suffering by the Provision of Grants/Equipment To other charities, hospitals and hospices provided that in so doing the trust shall not relieve any local authority, relevant health service trust or other body of any statutory obligations.

Environmental Benefits

The Charity from day one has been very conscious of the need to protect and nurture the environment and to this end has adopted a stringent a policy in achieving this aim. For this reason the Charity is registered with ‘Entrust’ as an Environmental Body and is also a full member of the national ‘Tree Council’. The Memorial Trees that are planted are container grown in the UK and have a full heath check. The trees planted are trees are indigenous to the United Kingdom and are broad leaf to absorb the maximum amounts of carbon dioxide. Over the years the Charity has been involved in the refurbishment of many derelict pieces of land which has encouraged pollinating insects to flourish and has increased the nesting of Birds both airborne and ground nesting species within the forests. The Life for a Life Biodiversity Policy takes into account good Forestry Management needs such as Coppicing, Felling and Thinning, Clearing of Rhododendron and Laurel.

 

Friends of the Forest

The Friends of the Forest scheme was set up by Life for a Life. It’s aim is to allow schools, community groups as well as local volunteers a chance to participate in the creation of new or additional habitats within our memorial forests. By becoming a Friend of the Forest, participants are encouraged to learn what the effects the woodland and forest creation has on our planet. We encourage active engagement in hedge planting, fruit tree orchard establishment and wildflower seed sowing. Our hope is that the local community will get involved whether they have purchased a memorial tree or not and in turn become more environmental friendly and pro-active. It has never been life for a life’s intention to create closed forests exclusively for our clients and patrons but rather create areas which can mature into a valued public amenities and used by all.

 

Our Partners

The success of the Charity is owed to our growing partnerships with many different organisations. These highly valued partnerships which have been nurtured over many years have enabled the expansion of the Charity thus far and without them expanding our work would have been that much harder.