Planting a tree is one of the most meaningful ways to express sympathy. While flowers will fade, the thought of a young tree being planted for someone will last a lifetime. it is a remembrance to a loved one and at the same time a renewing of life. Our Tree Memorial Program makes a meaningful contribution to our local community and surrounding watershed. It is a partnership with local funeral homes in our watershed that enhances both our work.

It is a :

  • demonstration of an environmental commitment to the community.
  • appreciation to those families they have been privileged to serve.
  • remembrance to those who have passed away in the previous year.
  • ensures the continued growth and enhancement our most precious resources in the Lake Simcoe watershed.

This program, which commenced in 2010, allows participating funeral homes the opportunity to make a donation to the Foundation that directly supports the restoration projects of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. This will improve air and water quality and improve wildlife habitat for the future. Memorial Groves have been established in the name of each funeral home on LSRCA Conservation Area lands that will see one large tree per year planted in memory of all the families they have been privileged to serve. This program will assist the LSRCA in planting thousands of trees per year.

Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home in Newmarket. The Roadhouse and Rose Memorial Grove is at Bailey Ecological Park in Newmarket along the Nokiidaa Trail. One large tree per year planted in memory of all the families that they have served.

“We are extremely happy to announce our new partnership with the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Foundation. One of the fundamental policies of our family-run business is a strong commitment to the environment with a special focus on the Lake Simcoe watershed. We believe that responsible businesses have an obligation to support the community in which we live and work. Planting trees is a meaningful and respectable way to both honour and celebrate the life of a loved one. We look forward to this exciting opportunity which will both offer comfort to the families we serve and at the same time contribute to local reforestation efforts.” says Wes Playter, Manager and Co-owner at Roadhouse and Rose.

McClelland and Slessor Funeral Home in Barrie and Innisfil Funeral Home in Stroud. The McClelland and Slessor Memorial Grove is located at Luck Conservation Area in Innisfil, near the Innisfil Arboretum. It is a perfect place to visit nature andbring comfort to grieving families. Families wishing to purchase their own memorial tree with aplaque can also do so.

“We have participated in a tree planting program for several years but we have had reservations because the plantings were not local. The families we serve have local roots and so should the trees that we plant. Planting a tree is a beautiful and environmentally responsible way of celebrating a life lived. We look forward to our partnership with the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation” says Stuart Clark, Funeral Director at McClelland and Slessor.

The Tree Memorial Program is still available in some watershed communities. If you would like more information, please contact Cheryl Taylor, Executive Director of the LSCF.

You can also make a personal etribute on-line to celebrate the life of a loved one. Donations support LSRCA Restoration Programs. An eCard will be sent to family members letting them know of your kindness.