GUIDELINES FOR DONORS CONSIDERING A MEMORY TREE
Thank you for your interest in the Memory Tree program. Our Tree Committee will be happy to help you select the best site. They’ll also work with you to arrange for a simple dedication marker, which accompanies your tree – as well as oversee the planting and marker installation.
Selecting the Appropriate Tree:
Donors may select one of the following trees, which will measure 6’ to 8’ in height for new planting. The Adopt-a-Tree program is limited to existing trees, which are all Ornamental Pear Trees along Lafayette Avenue.
Ornamental Pear Trees:
Lafayette Avenue in Suffern is lined with the ornamental pear, the most frequently used tree in the village. Well adapted to downtown areas, the ornamental pear features white blossoms in the spring.
Flowering Cherry Tree:
Graceful, flowing shape. Large pink flower clusters in May. Bronze/red fall foliage.
Planting Your Memory Tree:
Experienced village employees will plant the tree. Planting can only be done Monday through Friday when it can be coordinated with the availability of village vehicles. Planting in July/August is not advisable due to the risk from heat and drought. Spring/early summer planting and fall planting are most successful.
Selecting a Location for Your Tree:
Various locations have been designated as available sites. No sites on private land can be considered. (Please Note: Certain areas of the village have very narrow sidewalks or underground wiring, which must remain accessible.These areas are, therefore, unavailable for planting.)
The memorial markers for all trees that are affixed to grates in the central business district shall be eight inch by six inch plaques. These plaques are to be furnished and installed by the vendor and are to be bolted and glued to the grate. Trees in park areas rather than in the central business district have markers with black letters on gold laminate eight inches by eight inches, set in a concrete slab.
All markers shall have three lines:
Line 1 – is limited to “In Memory Of”, “In Celebration Of”, or “In Honor Of”.
Line 2 – shall be a family name or the name of an event.
Line 3 – shall be the month and year the tree is planted, or in the case of an adopted tree, the date the plaque is installed.
Cost of the Tree:
The cost of the Memory Tree and accompanying marker is $425.00. The cost covers the price of a newly planted tree with a one-year warranty, plus the cost of the memorial marker. For the “adopted” trees, the cost covers the value of a replacement tree plus the cost of the marker. All money for the tree and marker comes from the donor. The cost of planting and maintenance will be borne by the village.
Guidelines For Donors Considering a Memory Tree
Memory Tree Program Application
Donated Trees & Their Location
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