Harrison Funerals is one of our oldest supporters. Since 2010, Harrison Funerals has partnered with Fifteen Trees to plant one mature tree for every funeral service held. At the end of this season, we will have planted 800 trees for Harrison Funerals.
Harrison Funeral’s plantings are truly community affairs. All the trees are planted by community groups, and in shared spaces – schools, community grounds, public reserves and gardens. Because of this, the memory of the loved one is tied to a sense of belonging, and of place. The trees (a mix of exotic and native, depending on the location) are wanted, cared for, and appreciated by those who plant them. In addition, they provide habitat and shade, filter the air, and stabilise the soil.
Most recently, ten trees have been planted on Harrison Funerals’ behalf at Buninyong Cemetery. This historic cemetery, established in 1852, lies part way between Ballarat and Buninyong. Its beautiful older trees are gradually being supported by the judicious addition of younger specimens, ensuring a serene and lovely space to reflect and remember for many decades to come.
We love the symbolism of trees planted as part of marking a person’s life. They provide a place to identify, a link to memory, and proof that good things will grow and prosper if we want them to. Eight hundred trees is a small forest. A small forest of faith in the future and respect for the past.
Thank you to Maree and Brian Harrison for your continued support to Ballarat communities and their tree planting projects over the past 10 years.
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