some woodland burial grounds, we do not plant trees with each
burial. The woodland at Barton has been planted in consultation
with the Forestry Commission to create mixed deciduous woodland.
It is planted in a glade pattern, with burials taking place
in the glades.
The trees (nearly
10,000 of them in the South Glebe available for burial) number
among them small-leaved lime, ash, pedunculate oak, field
maple, hazel, birch, aspen, hornbeam, Scots pine, holly, white
willow, woodland hawthorn, wild service, spindle, wild cherry,
and crab apple.
In the North Glebe,
a further 10500 trees have been planted, and include ash,
alder, hornbeam, birch, oak, wayfaring, yew, dogwood, barberry,
whitebeam, wild service, spindle, crab apple, willow, field
maple and aspen.
The Arbory Trust
now operates a tree sponsorship scheme, whereby existing trees
at the ground may be sponsored perhaps in memory of someone
special, or simply as a significant gesture towards the work
and long term aims of the Trust. We encourage people to consider
the woodland as a whole, and we are always happy to choose
a tree on your behalf.
fee for sponsorship is £50 per tree, and a certificate
is issued confirming the sponsorship. The money received is
used in the maintenance of the grounds and development of
the Trust, and can include appropriate pruning, thinning or
replacing of trees as needed, is a much valued and very positive
way of contributing to the work of the Arbory Trust.
We no longer place
stakes with numbers by individual trees as has been the practice
in the past - this is a necessary decision to ensure the appropriate
development of as natural a woodland as possible. With an
ever-increasing amount of numbered stakes, it had become obvious
that the natural appearance would soon be lost, and thus be
deviating from the continuing aim to develop a natural environment
wherever possible. Existing stakes will
remain until they perish naturally, but will not then be replaced
(this is not a change in policy). It must also be remembered
that where a tree has been adopted in the past or indeed will
be sponsored from now on, this does not prevent others from
using the ground around it for burial or cremated remains.
To sponsor a tree,
simply enclose a cheque for £50 with a covering letter
to our administrative offices in Ely, with your name and address,
and any preferred type of tree. Alternatively ask for a form to be posted to you.