Memorial Tree Plantings
Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. ~Rabindranath Tagore, Fireflies, 1928
The idea for a memorial tree planting came about after our dear friend, Chris Foss, passed away in April 2009 . Chris was very fond of gardening and we decided that planting a tree in his memory would be a nice memorial for him. After discussing the idea with the consultant ecologist we decided to incorporate memorial tree plantings as part of the overall plan for CUE Haven and had the first tree planting in August 2009.
Presently we are planting Dacrycarpus Dacrydioides also known as Kahikatea , as memorial trees. These are very slow growing trees and so we get about 5 to 9 year old trees from the nursery (which range from about a metre to over two metres high). The kahikatea are the tallest NZ native trees, growing to 60 metres or more, and they live several hundred years - so these trees will live on long after we have all gone.
Kahikateas grow well in swampy areas, so they suitable for planting in the wetland areas. In the future, as the forest canopy is established we will include other native trees, kauri, rimu, etc.. for the memorial plantings.
There is no specific plot set aside for the memorial trees. As we are basically trying to recreate a forest, the memorial trees are scattered amongst the other native trees. As the trees are very small, we are presently tying a name tag on each tree to identify who the tree was planted for.
The memorial trees may be planted for any loved one who has passed away either in NZ or overseas, recently or long ago.
We have found that the tree planting experience is quite cathartic for the family and friends of the loved one as it seems to provide some sort of closure. We are encouraging the family members to dig the hole (takes less than 10 minutes), plant the tree themselves and tie on the name tag. And they are welcome have a short prayer service on- site if they wish.
As all trees planted as part of the re-vegetation program are eco-sourced, we are unable to entertain requests to bring your own trees for planting.
We currently eco-source the kahikatea trees from a local nursery. The only cost to you is the initial cost of the tree and the name tag. We will nurture the tree as it grows. Going forward, you are welcome to visit CUE Haven on the annual community planting days to check on your tree.
Anytime from April to mid October is fine to plant the trees as trees planted in the summer do not have a high survival rate since the ground is too dry.
Contact us if you would like to plant a NZ native tree in memory of a loved one and we can set aside a convenient day.
If you are unable to plant the tree yourself, we will be happy to plant a memorial tree on your behalf and e-mail you a photograph of the tree we have planted.
Currently, the cost of Memorial tree + memorial tag ranges from NZ $50+GST to NZ$80+GST depending on the size of the tree. Size varies based on availability.
You may pay for the memorial tree when you come out for the planting or you may pay in advance. A GST invoice will be issued. If you are overseas we will supply you details for payment via PayPal.
As we make the memorial tags in advance of the planting, please supply us with a photograph of your loved one and the following details–
Full name, Any other special names, Date of birth and date of death
Example of a memorial tag -