• Oldham, OL4 2JQ
  • Car park facility available
  • There are currently no new memorials available at this location. You can still add to an existing memorial.
King's Meadow, Strinesdale
Waterworks Road
Waterhead
Oldham
OL4 2JQ
UNITED KINGDOM

This site was opened right at the start of Life for a Life’s establishment as a charity on land donated to liger and is now a beautifully maturing mixture of board leaf and pine trees, set against the back drop of the rolling hills and valleys of the Pennines. Named after the famous King’s Regiment, the then commanding officer Colonel Robert Barns CBE along with the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester planted a Scots pine tree in memory of the regiments Commander-in-Chief the late HRH Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

Although, this site is now full to the planting of new memorial trees if you have an existing memorial tree dedicated you can still upgrade memorial plaques, add additional ashes to a memorial tree or order memorial keepsakes etc.

What happens in the future?

Now that this memorial forest is closed to new tree planting you will see slight changes in the way we manage the site. The aim is to create a forest that will mature over time and become a local amenity for both visitors and wildlife. Therefore, the management regime will move to one which is more sympathetic to environment. In practical terms this will mean a gradual reduction in grass cutting as the tree canopy closes to help promote a richer diversity of wildflowers and other ground flora.

All the memorial trees are guaranteed for 25 years and any tree which has unfortunately not established itself successfully with be replaced from a selected mixture of ‘understory’ species consisting of either Hazel, Hawthorn or Holly that will help diversify the woodland creating an even better home for nature.

Furthermore, as the memorial trees grow they will be ‘crown-lifted’ which involves removing the lower limbs of the trees to help maintain access as the trees continue to mature and allow air and light to pass through. Eventually, the plaque in front of the trees will be removed as the site transitions from a formalised memorial woodland into the memorial forest we all want it to become. At this point a new sign at the entrance to site will be erected that will let people know how the forest was established and what the trees represent.