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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Clitheroe Cemetery

Commemorative Tree Planting

Bereavement is a difficult time for next of kin, relatives and friends; often the deep sense of loss is extremely difficult to come to terms with. It is a time which many people have difficulty expressing their deep sense of sorrow at the loss of a loved one.

One way of coming to terms with death is to erect a memorial, which in most cases is a headstone or plaque. This provides a focal point, which helps those bereaved come to terms with their loss.  However there is another way to remember loved ones and that is by planting a tree in their memory. A memorial tree provides a living link with the memory of a deceased relative or friend.

Trees belong to the basic elements of our world, they are part of our natural environment and feature in religion, myth and folklore, often symbolizing the life that does not end in death. As they grow and mature trees make an increasingly significant contribution not only to the landscape but also to the environment that we all share.

Ribble Valley Borough Council is pleased to be able to provide anyone who has suffered a bereavement the opportunity to purchase a tree in memory of a loved one. There are a wide range of species of trees to choose from, including native as well as ornamental flowering or fruiting trees. Planting is carried out by the council on behalf of family and friends and the tree is designated in memory of the deceased. 

The trees that are available range in size from 9' to 16' and a suitably inscribed plaque can also be provided at cost and ashes can be interred at the base of the tree.

It may be possible to provide a tree of your choice as long as it is suitable for the chosen location, soil conditions and climate. Here are some examples of the varieties of trees that have already been planted:

  • Oak
  • Lime
  • Beech
  • Cherry
  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Birch
  • Rowan
  • White Beam
  • Tibetan Cherry
  • Ginkgo

We are currently running short of space for commemorative tree planting, however, a new area is in the design stage and will be ready within the next three years.

For further information about commemorative trees please contact: 

David Hewitt on 01200 414505 or e-mail dave.hewitt@ribblevalley.gov.uk

For information about memorial plaques and the interment of ashes contact: 

Judith Paliga on 01200 414478 or e-mail judith.paliga@ribblevalley.gov.uk