This National Tree Week, we are inviting community groups, schools, businesses and local authorities to plant trees in memory of those who have lost their lives during the pandemic.
What began as a tribute to the late Bill Blackledge, passionate horticulturist and former Chair of North West in Bloom (NWiB), has blossomed into a UK-wide effort to mark this difficult period. Many groups in the region have planted trees and even orchards in his honour, spurring on the idea for a national tree planting campaign.
Anyone who would like to remember a loved one who passed away during the pandemic is invited to join in and plant a tree (or trees) in tribute, which will be added to a new RHS Roots of Remembrance tree map.
A fitting tribute to fellow gardeners, a tree also allows a physical place to visit, reflect and celebrate a loved ones for generations to come, while benefiting nature.
The pandemic has touched all of us, one way or another, and you couldn’t have a more fitting tribute to someone close, or someone who has been affected, than a tree – it’s life.
– Bernard Pendleton, new Chair of NWiB
By adding the trees to the RHS map, it’s a great way for people to see what they are part of – a fantastic legacy for future generations.
The information will be used to populate a map of the UK displaying all the trees that have been planted. The map will represent the living legacies created in tribute to those we have lost, and the contributions made to the natural world in their memories. We would love to hear a bit more about your tree and who it is planted for. You might like to use this downloadable plaque to write your loved ones’ name on, and share a picture of your tree planting on social media, using the hashtag #rootsofremembrance. Or, you could email your photo and a short description of your tree and who it remembers to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Woodland Trust, is offering free tress to community groups and schools, with the next delivery in March, which should still offer you a good planting window. Apply by January 5th to take up this offer, and please mention the RHS when applying for your trees.