Memorial Trees

The trees we plant are site specific, therefore not all sites will have every tree available; please contact us before choosing your tree so as not to be disappointed.

The minimum donation for a memorial tree with a standard green plaque and the optional placing of a single set of ashes is £695.

Life for a Life Memorial Forest’s ultimate aim is to create a semi-natural forest made up of native broad leaf tree species. To create a place of recreation and an asset to the local community and not create neglected, overgrown, inaccessible woodland.

Memorial trees are guaranteed for 25 years and during this time it would be hoped that all memorial trees will be thriving and growing well, however if a tree does need to be replaced a new species may be offered from a range of ‘understory’ creating a mixture of shrubs and trees.

Tree Species

Common Alder

Alnus glutinosa, belongs to the birch family betulaceae. Alder is a deciduous tree, growing to around 30m and flowering february to march. Alder is a popular food plant for many insects and moth larvae and its catkins provide an early source of nectar for bees and the seeds are enjoyed by many birds.


Crataegus monogyna, ‘The May-tree’, due to its flowering period, can reach a height of 15m and are characterised by their dense, thorny habit, though they can grow as a small tree with a single stem. Once pollinated the flowers develop into red fruits known as 'haws’.


Corylus avellana, has copper brown, smooth, peeling bark. Its twigs have reddish glandular hairs and its buds are oval, blunt and hairy. The normal lifespan is around 70+ years, but coppicing enables this tree to live to great ages of several hundred years. Hazel is a very valuable tree for wildlife, it provides food and habitat for moths, butterflies, dormice, squirrels and birds.


Ilex aquifolium , mature trees can grow up to 15m and live for 300 years! The leaves will be dark green, glossy and oval. Younger plants have spiky leaves, but over time will become smooth. Once pollinated by insects, female flowers develop into red berries through the winter.


(Mountain ash) Sorbus acuparia, is an upright deciduous tree with pinnate leaves turning yellow in autumn, and flat clusters of white flowers in late spring, followed by orangered berries in early autumn, which are enjoyed by many bird species.

Scots Pine

Pinus sylvestris, is a large evergreen tree growing to 25m, with the upper trunk and branches orange-brown. They have twisted grey-green needles which are borne in pairs and cones that grow from its branches.

Wild Cherry

Prunus avium, is a beautiful and ornate broadleaf native tree, which can live up to 60 years. It has a shiny brown bark with oval leaves. The spring flowers provide an early source of nectar and pollen for bees, while the cherries are eaten by birds.