Over 1,600 trees were planted as landscaping and shelter before Humber Woodland of Remembrance was opened in May 2003. Almost 20 years later, young trees are looking well established and wild flowers flourish.
All the trees we have planted are natives of this county and include: Oak, Ash, Holly, Wild Cherry, Field Maple, Silver Birch, Hazel, Rowan, Hawthorn, Spindle and Guelder Rose. They are protected from rabbits and mulched to prevent too much competition from grass.
The grass between the trees is regularly mown, and a large area of grass in the centre of the field is cut for hay or silage each summer. The area next to the access track is planted with wild flowers and grasses, as well as a number of native trees.
Long-term management of Humber Woodland of Remembrance
(The following is taken from our Conditions of Use and gives you an idea of what you can expect from us)
Anyone who purchases a plot in Humber Woodland of Remembrance can expect the management to do all in their power to maintain the site in a suitable manner and to care for the graves and the trees for at least the 100 years of the duration of each contract. This means that the site will be suitably maintained for a period of 100 years following the last interment.
We also guarantee to replace any memorial tree, which dies within ten years of being planted, at our own cost.
In addition, the owners will undertake to ensure that, should they or their heirs no longer be in a position to maintain the site, they would sell it as a going concern to such persons or organisation who can prove themselves suitable to continue the management in accordance with the ethos already established. If no such persons could be found, or if they were unable to afford to purchase, then a trust would be set up to continue the running of the Woodland of Remembrance.
As for the long-term care of the site when it is full, a portion of the sale price of each plot will be placed into a deposit account. This account will be ring-fenced, and the money in it would be available to pay for the on-going maintenance of the Woodland of Remembrance as a memorial to those buried within it, and as a place for local people to walk and enjoy. This would be managed by an appropriate local conservation organisation. If, however, no such organisation could be found to take on the task, a board of trustees would be set up to oversee the management of the site.