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700 Trees for Families and Counting…

At the end of May last year, we made a commitment to Plant a Tree for Every Family and Every Service held here at the Clyde Coast & Garnock Valley Crematorium, and in that 6-month period, we are honoured to have planted 700 native and ultra-rare species trees on behalf of our families.

The whole planting process is being overseen by Peter Livingstone of Eadha, a specialist community enterprise based in Lochwinnoch, and leading experts in the conservation and development of woodlands.

With Peter’s expert help, we have been able to source and plant an important range of very special native tree saplings, including the beautiful Aspen, the ultra-rare Arran Whitebeam, alongside native Birch, Alder, Willow, Juniper, Hazel and Rowan.

Commenting, Philip Ewing, Crematorium Manager said:

“We have been truly overwhelmed by the response that we have received from our families towards this initiative – the simple act of planting of a tree on behalf of a loved one strikes a deep chord within, and it provides a true legacy, knowing that in time, the saplings will grow and create a whole new landscape, while also providing important shelter in which local wildlife can seek protection.”

“The response has been so overwhelming, humbling and positive, that we are now committing to Plant a Tree for Every Family and Every Service that we hold this year, and we expect to plant in the region of 1000 trees over the next 12-months on behalf of families.”

Peter Livingstone from Eadha added:

“Planting a tree is a noble gesture in itself and a highly fitting memorial to a life and the legacy of a loved one.

The native tree planting that we are doing at the Clyde Coast & Garnock Valley Crematorium will have, in time, a significant and positive effect on the local landscape, while also helping to greatly enhance the local environment and biodiversity.”

**photo shows: –  Peter Livingston (centre) Eadha, Murray Hamilton (left) and Andy Blaikie (right) Clyde Coast and Garnock Valley Crematorium**