Pay tribute to your loved one with a memorial leaf on the contemporary memorial tree in Mountbatten Hospice, or with a dedicated tree in Springwood Cemetery, ensuring their memory lives on in nature.
Remembering your loved one on the Isle of Wight
When a loved one dies and chooses to have their ashes scattered, their family and friends may want to designate a space in their memory to visit instead of a grave.
A memorial, such as a dedicated tree or bench, can be a meaningful way to remember your loved one. It can give you a spot to visit and think about your loved one in an area that was significant to them, such as the town where they grew up or their favourite spot in the park.
On the Isle of Wight, there are a few ways you can set up a memorial for your loved one. These include a memorial leaf on the beautiful Mountbatten Memorial tree in the heart of the Mountbatten Hospice, and a memorial tree in Springwood Cemetery—the first woodland burial site on the Isle of Wight. Both these options allow you to personalise the memorial of your loved ones, from the colours and inscriptions on the memorial leaves, to the type of tree you can plant at the Springwood Cemetery.
At Springwood Cemetery you can also scatter your loved one’s ashes at a tree of your choice. Both options include a simple bronze plaque at the base of the tree memorialising your loved one.
Find your funeral director on the Isle of Wight who will help you arrange a cremation or burial, and give you ideas for a meaningful memorial.
Memorialisation is the process of preserving memories of the person who’s died
This could be displaying a memorial plaque, scattering their ashes in a special place or having a bench created in their memory.
Mountbatten Memorial Tree
Create a lasting memory by dedicating a leaf on the Mountbatten Memory Tree. The colorful enamel leaves each have their own unique meaning, and to personalize it to your loved one you can choose the colour of the leaf as well as write your own inscription. This inscription is printed on the leaf and is a beautiful tribute to your loved one’s memory. You also have the option of placing the leaf wherever you want on the tree.
The Mountbatten Memory Tree is in the middle of the Mountbatten Hospice and embraces the walls at the Chapel entrance. This peaceful chapel is available to patients, families, visitors, and staff for reflection, prayer, meditation, and conversation. The tree standing proudly in the middle of the hospice serves as a poignant reminder of those we have lost, and was created by local Isle of Wight artist, Lisa Traxler. Lisa used the materials of AJ Wells, a company based on the Isle of Wight, to create a contemporary and timeless memory tree.
Springwood Woodland Burials
Springwood Cemetery was one of the few woodland burial sites in the UK when it opened in 1995, and the first on the Isle of Wight. It’s about 8 acres in size, and individual or family plots are available for full burials or the interment of cremated remains. This is thanks to the consecration by the Bishop of Portsmouth in 1996, which gave individuals a choice of consecrated or non-consecrated areas, ensuring the cemetery was open to everyone.
But while Springwood Cemetery is a traditional cemetery, each grave has a tree planted in memory of a loved one. This poignant memorial is commemorated by a simple bronze memorial plaque at the base of the tree.
Meanwhile, areas for cremated remains are already planted with trees. You can select the tree where you would like your loved ones ashes to be buried. All burial plots are treated with great care and respect, and are regularly maintained by the cemetery authority.
Creating the perfect send-off
We can help you say goodbye to your loved one in the way that feels right. We’ll handle everything over the phone or online, and guide you through the process.