Through the Town of Oakville's Memorial Tree Program (pdf, 1 MB) you can purchase or adopt a tree in memory of a lost loved one, to dedicate to a friend or family member, or to commemorate a special event. The gift of a tree is a lasting tribute, and will benefit the community as a whole by enhancing our natural environment.
Town staff will select an appropriate new tree for your chosen location or identify an appropriate tree for adoption, and provide the care and maintenance other park trees receive from the town. New trees will be planted in spring only to ensure they have a full growing season to establish.
The application deadline for spring 2015 memorial tree plantings is August 1, 2014.
How to order
After choosing a park or cemetery for your memorial tree, please complete the memorial tree program order form (pdf, 1 MB). The town requires a non-refundable deposit of $250. After the tree is planted or adopted and your plaque is installed, the town will invoice you for the remaining balance.
Five year contract for new or adopted tree: $2,100 plus tax
The $2,100 initial payment covers the purchase, planting and maintenance of your tree for the first five years, plus a personalized cast bronze plaque. The commemorative plaque, 16 centimetres by 10 centimetres (6 inches by 4 inches), is set in concrete and placed at the base of your memorial tree. The town will cover the cost of a one-time replacement if your plaque is stolen or vandalized. You will also receive a certificate acknowledging the planting or tree adoption. Placement of memorial wreaths, flowers or other items on or around the tree is not permitted.
Contract renewal (every five years): $500 plus tax (fee subject to change)
A $500 fee is charged every five years to cover the cost of regular tree care and maintenance. If you do not wish to renew your contract after five years or we are unable to contact you, the plaque will be removed and the tree will become available for adoption.
Locations available for memorial tree planting
You can adopt a tree from any town park or cemetery, subject to availability. The locations listed below are available for new memorial tree plantings.