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Memotrees Forest

Memotrees is a privately owned area of land consisting of various copses, which will eventually make up the memotrees woodland. We developed some land in order to create a carbon offset woodland, but as a family we decided to establish a memorial woodland instead. Our land is set in the beautiful North Pennines close to the the Lake District National Park. Though tucked away and quite remote, it is very easily accessible. The land is set in a very natural undeveloped habitat with rolling hills, beautiful scenery and a river running close by. Overwhelmingly the wide views attracted us to the land even though, at that time the land bore almost no trees at all.

Our Vision

Advice from the Forestry commission has seen us plant Scots Pine, Rowan, Alder, Willow, Oak, Birch, Sycamore, Cherry and Beech, which have grown in an immensely satisfying way. The Memotrees copses are truly forested in a way that we hardly dared to imagine. The theme of the advice from our institutional friends is that they wish to see the woodland develop naturally with the minimum of human interference, this has become our ethos. It will mean that some parts of the area will totally change. It also means that some areas will naturally become a little marshy, and the meadow grass and wild flowers grow freely. The land is divided into copses. Your tree will be dedicated in the River View Copse with other copses being released in the future.

As our project is still in its infancy, we are working hard to secure fencing, lay pathways and improve our facilities, so work is on-going. If workinvolving machinery is taking place during a visit, then we will try whenever possible to stop working so as not to interrupt peacefulness.

People choose a memorial tree for the following reasons;

It will grow into a beautiful tree that will last for centuries.

It will provide you with a beautiful location in which to remember your loved one.

There are many benefits to the environment and the British countryside.

With future environmental needs in mind, we have given consideration to the long term development and design of the forest. Growing trees that are native to the British Isles, they have been chosen for their strength, beauty, robustness and long life span.

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Examples Of Trees We Plant

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Sessile Oak

The sessile oak is so-named because, unlike the English, or pedunculate oak, its acorns are not carried on stalks (peduncles) but directly on the outer twigs (sessile). It can grow up to 20-40m tall. As oaks mature they form a broad and spreading crown with sturdy branches beneath. Their open canopy enables light to penetrate through to the woodland floor, allowing bluebells and primroses to grow below, and their smooth and silvery brown bark becomes rugged and deeply fissured with age.

cherry leaf


Although the seeds are distributed by mammals and birds, cherry trees can also propagate themselves by root suckers. Mature trees can grow to 30m and live for up to 60 years. The shiny bark is a deep reddish-brown with prominent cream-coloured horizontal lines. The second part of its botanical name – ‘avium’ refers to birds, who eat the cherries and disperse the seed. In Scotland, cherry is sometimes referred to as ‘gean’. Leaves are oval, green and toothed with pointed tips, measuring 6–15cm with two red glands on the stalk at the leaf base. They fade to orange and deep crimson in autumn.

birch leaf


Mature trees can reach 30m in height, forming a light canopy with elegant, drooping branches. Trees are more upright than silver birches and the bark is more brown in colour with more obvious horizontal grooves, lacking the papery quality of the silver birch. Leaves are triangular in shape but more rounded at the base than silver birch leaves. Leaf stalks are downy, as opposed to hairless on silver birch.

scots pine

Scots Pine

Mature Scots Pine trees grow to 35m and can live for up to 700 years. The bark is a scaly orange-brown, which develops plates and fissures with age. Twigs are green-brown and hairless.The the needle-like leaves are blue-green and slightly twisted, and grow in pairs on short side shoots.

rowan leaf


Rowan is also known as the mountain ash, due to the fact that it grows well at high altitudes and its leaves are similar to those of ash, Fraxinus excelsior. However, the two species are not related. Mature trees can grow to 15m and can live for up to 200 years. The bark is smooth and silvery grey, and leaf buds are purple and hairy. Leaves are pinnate (like a feather), comprising 5-8 pairs of leaflets, plus one 'terminal' leaflet at the end. Each leaflet is long, oval and toothed.

willow leaf


The cricket bat willow is a hybrid of the white willow and crack willow. As its names suggests, it is used to make cricket bats. Mature trees grow to 25m and often have an irregular, leaning crown. The bark is grey-brown and develops deep fissures with age, and twigs are slender, flexible and grey-brown. Its name is derived from the white appearance of the undersides of the leaves. The slender, oval leaves are paler than most other willow due to a felty covering of fine, silky white hairs on the underside.

The Environment

Every year we meet more and more people who come to visit trees they have dedicated to the memory of loved ones.  A living tree in a natural broadleaf woodland, that will grow and mature over hundreds of years, is a beautiful way to commemorate someone’s life.  For people who had a special connection to the Pennines and the Lake District, a tree can mark their own peaceful place in this beautiful countryside.

memorial plaque


All dedicated trees are accompanied by a dedicated plaque or you can have a plaque created for our plaque wall. A computerised machine engraves each plaque. Within a maximum of 140 characters we invite you to inform us what your personal message on the plaque will be. Each plaque measures 150 x 75mm and are black with gold lettering.

squirrel eating


Planting trees can help connect wildlife surroundings together. It is very important that we encourage new woodlands to thrive as these are our most precious habitats, supporting hundreds of different species. We plant and dedicate native species only, as these are the most suitable for the UK environment. As forest canopy starts to develop, birds will flourish along with butterflies, badgers, deer, foxes and squirrels. 

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Nature's Lungs

Trees, woods and forests are the world’s lungs, they are absolutely vital in keeping our natural environment healthy. They store and absorb carbon dioxide – taking it from the atmosphere and out of circulation. The trees roots and woodland soils can hold several times the amount of carbon than is held by the trees themselves. 

Today’s need for more woodland is widely acknowledged. The UK is currently one of the least wooded places in Europe. Woodlands not only provide a peaceful escape from our busy day-to-day lives, they also provide homes for our wildlife and help capture and convert the carbon produced by our modern-day lifestyles. Here is a genuine chance for you to contribute to making Britain greener, whilst having the pleasure of seeing your sponsored tree grow.


Yes, you can reserve any tree onsite and we will identify it with a unique reference code. Some people like to reserve a tree for themselves and visit / watch it thrive over time.

This is dependent on the species, please see our ‘trees’ section for a description of the different trees within the woodland.

There is no specific procedure when you arrive at the woodland. We will discuss with you prior to the planting / dedication your preferred format. We do not provide big marques or ceremonies at the woodland. The planting is informal and the intention is to allow you the time to remember your loved one. Carl or Karen will meet with you and your family if you wish at the entrance, at this point your chosen tree or new sapling will have been prepared and the plaque will be next to it. The roots of the tree will be exposed and either we or you can place the ashes with the roots and cover. Biodegradable urns for this purpose can be purchased in our shop

Yes, anytime. 365 days a year.

In the unfortunate / unlikely event that your dedicated does not survive, another sapling will be planted in the same place at no extra cost.

Yes, you can leave flowers with the tree or plant flowers next to your tree. We like to keep the woodland free from plastic wrappings and non-perishable items. The idea is to create a totally natural forest where both plants and animals can thrive. 

Yes, provided the trees / locations you choose have not already been reserved. 

10 years after we have planted the last tree in the woodland the plaques will be removed and the site will become a completely natural forest.

If your query is not answered above, please don’t hesitate in contacting us at any time and we will be happy to discuss our service in more detail.

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