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The alternative, eco-friendly solution to traditional cemeteries

"Our mission is to connect people to beauty that life creates by planting living memorial forests which honour and perpetuate life. We provide the highest calibre of memorial experience with world-class soil science and biotechnology that sustains life."

Warren Roberts - Founder

 
We're an Australian social impact company

We offer an alternative to a traditional burial by treating human ashes with our patented solution and allowing those nutrients to be planted underneath your chosen tree. Our Legacy Trees are a more sustainable, environmentally friendly and beautiful way to allow you and your loved ones to live on after death. Using patented Living Legacy Ash Treatment, cremation ashes are detoxified in order to make them compatible with the soil and therefore allow a tree to thrive and absorb the newly composed nutrients from ashes. Over the next several years, ashes are absorbed by your tree and provide a wonderful, growing lifeform for your family to remember you.

Our botanical forest comprises 35 acres of beautiful land where we will be planting 7000 trees in groves with colours and beauty for everyone to enjoy. As we plant our trees over the years, Mornington green will transform into a botanical forest with meandering pathways for your family to enjoy. Imagine the peaceful tranquility of a picnic under your memorial tree in full bloom. You can plan for your future, secure a final resting place for a family member or friend and even plant ashes you have had on your mantelpiece for decades!

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Mornington Green Birds Eye View
We're an Australian social impact company

We offer an alternative to a traditional burial by treating human ashes with our patented solution and allowing those nutrients to be planted underneath your chosen tree. Our Legacy Trees are a more sustainable, environmentally friendly and beautiful way to allow you and your loved ones to live on after death. Using patented Living Legacy Ash Treatment, cremation ashes are detoxified in order to make them compatible with the soil and therefore allow a tree to thrive and absorb the newly composed nutrients from ashes. Over the next several years, ashes are absorbed by your tree and provide a wonderful, growing lifeform for your family to remember you.

Our botanical forest comprises 35 acres of beautiful land where we will be planting 7000 trees in groves with colours and beauty for everyone to enjoy. As we plant our trees over the years, Mornington green will transform into a botanical forest with meandering pathways for your family to enjoy. Imagine the peaceful tranquility of a picnic under your memorial tree in full bloom. You can plan for your future, secure a final resting place for a family member or friend and even plant ashes you have had on your mantelpiece for decades!

Where memories grow

Mornington Green was founded in Melbourne to create a positive impact for people, place and planet. This beautiful site in the Mornington Peninsula was meticulously chosen for its prime conditions, landscapes, and distance from fire zones.

It is the first botanical garden with the sole purpose of planting Legacy Trees. We are proud to offer you the best practice standard for cremated ash, adopted by the Australian Government nationwide.

When you plant a tree with us you are a part of a growing community that are creating new forests and habitat for endangered species like the mainland Quokka and Black Cockatoo.

We donate 200 supplementary trees to be planted in each person’s honour.

Be sure to connect with us through our social media – Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Share with others so they can also make the choice that makes a difference.

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Where memories grow

Mornington Green was founded in Melbourne to create a positive impact for people, place and planet. This beautiful site in the Mornington Peninsula was meticulously chosen for its prime conditions, landscapes, and distance from fire zones.

It is the first botanical garden with the sole purpose of planting Legacy Trees. We are proud to offer you the best practice standard for cremated ash, adopted by the Australian Government nationwide.

When you plant a tree with us you are a part of a growing community that are creating new forests and habitat for endangered species like the mainland Quokka and Black Cockatoo.

We donate 200 supplementary trees to be planted in each person’s honour.

Be sure to connect with us through our social media – Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Share with others so they can also make the choice that makes a difference.

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Be Part of this Extraordinary Project and Reserve your Tree Today

Call us on (03) 9059 4959 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, click the button below to view our brochure.

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Continue Your Legacy
Memorial Service

Plant your ashes beneath a private tree

Your ashes are scientifically treated to create living molecules and are then placed beneath a private tree in a peaceful forest where your loved ones can come and visit you all year round.

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Your tree is reserved for you in perpetuity

You and your family can come and visit the tree throughout the year to watch it grow. Be a part of the growing community that is leaving the world a better place with trees.

Baby looking at tree

Continue your legacy for generations to come

Your tree is protected by a conservation agreement so the land that it's on cannot be developed or logged. Each tree also gets its own custom plaque to be reserved just for you in perpetuity.

 
 
 
 
Frequently Asked Questions
 
What are human ashes made of?

Cremation in Australia is conducted by reputable crematoria registered and regulated by each state. It involves the final disposing of a deceased body by placing the body inside a purpose-built cremator for 1-2 hours.

The body is then exposed to extremely high temperatures of around 1000 degrees celsius, resulting in the remaining “ashes” and bone fragments. These remaining bone fragments are processed further into a fine powder, and collected together in an ash container, which is then returned to the family of the deceased.

It’s a small known fact that cremated ash is extremely alkaline at a similar pH level to bleach and oven cleaner which inhibits carbon nutrient exchange in soil, photosynthesis and water absorption.

Is it illegal to sprinkle human ashes?

Can you scatter ashes anywhere? Technically, the scattering of ashes in Australia is permitted. In most cases, permission from your local council is necessary, or alternatively from the owner of private land. If you own the land yourself, then no permission is necessary.

However, most people choose to scatter ashes in a beautiful place but don’t realise that they are actually harming the very ecology that makes the place beautiful. We do advise against scattering ashes. Human remains have a high pH, and large salt content, which is proven to be harmful to soil health and ecosystems without the Living Legacy treatment.

The Living Legacy treatment treats the ash to create living molecules so a person’s energy can live on through trees. Read more here

What happens if the tree dies?

If a tree dies, it is replaced by us at our cost.

We use the mulch or seedlings where possible to pass on the energy from the tree.

A tree will always be replanted in your chosen location and the site is protected in perpetuity.

Our biological infusion turns cremated ash into nutrients that provide sustenance to the tree for seven years; which is a sufficient amount of time for the tree to establish itself with new seeds and seedlings that will also live on.

In the event that a tree dies prematurely, one application of bio-liquid to the same area where the tree was planted re-activates the microbes which convert the ash into nutrients allowing you to re-plant a new tree in the same location.

We also provide a crystal keepsake which you can retain some of the ashes or some seeds for future planting.

What happens if there is a fire?

The site has over 4 kilometres of fully integrated and operational sprinkler systems as well as enough dam and bore water capacity to provide over 20 litres of water to every tree every day.

The site was carefully selected as a low risk for fire, flood and drought. The location does not adjoin any high risk uncleared bushland and is approximately 300 metres of Western Port bay making it a relatively low fire risk location.

How much carbon does cremation create?

Research conducted by Adelaide’s Centennial Park, found that 160 kilograms of carbon dioxide is produced on the day of a cremation, almost four times more than a burial. Over the long-term the maintenance of a grave site, generates more carbon dioxide then cremation.

Planting a single tree is generally enough to offset the carbon impact of cremation.

For every Legacy Tree planted we plant an additional 400 offset in your name trees locally and abroad to offset the impact of cremation plus contribute more oxygen than the average human breath takes in a lifetime.

Every person is acknowledged for leaving the world a better place with trees.

I have kept the ashes of a loved one in an urn, can I still create a Legacy Tree for them?

While cremation methods have changed over time, ashes do not have a “used by” date. The Living Legacy procedure has been proven to work with cremated ashes dating back to the 1960’s.

Why are untreated ashes not good for tree health?

Most people do not realise just how much human cremated ashes actually weighs, about 3 kg. A little-known fact is that trees require a pH of around 5-6 to be able to grow, cremated remains have a very high pH of 12 out of 14. Additionally, the pH of the total salts content is around 2 cups, which is a large volume.

For the ashes to help a tree grow, it is not enough to just balance the pH and salt, the tree still just grows around the ashes to survive.

Human cremated ashes require treatment before they can help trees grow. Just scattering them and burying them, even with bio degradable urns, does not help them grow. The urn bio-degrades and the untreated ashes do not help the tree grow.

Our organic treatment creates micro-nutrients that that help trees grow. This has now been adopted by leaders in the Cemetery Industry because of its proven growth results.

Can trees sometimes survive untreated cremated remains?

Yes, but it is still not good for them. Large established trees can survive the impact of the cremated remains even with the high pH and salt levels when they are in small amounts.

When ashes are buried it sets like concrete. Although it’s not an environment which plants grow from sometimes they grow away from it to survive. The adverse impact of untreated ash on soil health can last hundreds of years as historic cases have dug up buried cremated remains confirm.

Just like with plants in footpaths or roadway medians, some can survive in a tough environment by growing around objects. The difference with our trees is that they grow from the ashes, continuing the circle of life.

How much does it cost for a green burial?

At Mornington Green, our founders packages start at $5500 and have no hidden fees or ongoing costs. This green burial choice includes discounts, a tree of your choice, perpetual care of your tree, a planting ceremony with photography and more.

According to ASIC, the average spend of a funeral of $19,000. It’s very important for us at Mornington Green to offer the community a more affordable alternative that is beneficial for our environment.

Can you post human ashes in Australia?

There are no restrictions from the Australian Department of Health when it comes to posting human ashes, however you will need to check with the postal services themselves as this is at the discretion of each company.

We advise that you call ahead of posting and be 100% transparent about what you are posting. Use tracked shipping and any necessary labels to ensure it is transported with the utmost care.

Does my tree come with a plaque?

Yes. Each tree gets its own custom plaque.

Your memorial tree and plot is reserved for your tree in perpetuity and we will never sell another tree in your plot area.

However the markers and plaques provided are guaranteed only for their Natural Lifetime of the product and this guarantee does not extend to damage or loss resulting from environmental factors, force majeure or resulting from any mishandling by you or any of your invitees.

During this time we are not liable for maintenance and care for your marker or plaque.

What happens if the company gets sold or goes bankrupt?

The land is protected by a conservation agreement so the land cannot be developed or logged.

The land is cared for by an associated not-for-profit landcare company whose responsibility is to care for the land in perpetuity.

Can I have more than 1 set of ashes per person?

Yes. Different sized trees can have larger volumes of ashes added per tree.

By adding multiple sets of ashes to a tree over time it can become a family tree.

Can I plant my Legacy Tree now so that it is established when I die?

You can select and plant a tree today that grows as part of your family history.

Your tree can be nourished with the micronutrients from your ashes later on.

Up to 8 additional family members can be added to the Legacy Tree making it a real family Tree.

Can my Legacy Tree become a Family Legacy Tree, that I can share with my loved ones?

Yes! The treated ashes of up to 4 people can nourish each Legacy Tree, with the LL Thrive formula being able to be infused into the soil at the base of the tree at different times.

In this way, you’re Legacy Tree becomes a process heirloom passed down through generations.

Who will care for my tree?

Our certified horticulturists will provide ongoing care for the tree in perpetuity, meaning that your tree will always be looked after for future generations to enjoy.

What is the difference between a Legacy Tree and Biodegradable Urns?

Untreated cremated remains are not helpful to tree growth, in fact independent laboratory tests showed 90% of seedlings died when planted directly in untreated cremated remains (ash).

The pH of untreated ash is 12 out of 14, most trees need a pH of about 6 to grow from soil. The pH scale is logarithmic to the scale of 10 which makes the pH of ash 1,000,000 (1 million) times too high for healthy growth.

The Living Legacy treatment shifts the composition of the ash to be able to create micronutrients and healthy soil which can exchange energy with the tree.

Biodegradable urns are exactly that, only the urn biodegrades, the cremated remains can remain in a toxic high pH state for many years harming the soil biology and tree health. At best a tree will grow around the untreated ashes which tends to form into a salty clump or rock, at worst the remains will actually harm or kill the tree and the soil biology that sustains life.

Biodegradable urns come in many forms. The most affordable biodegradable urns are simply made of cardboard and the higher end urns are made of ceramic. Although the urn may be biodegradable untreated cremated remains are not.

Independent laboratory tests showed 90% of trees planted in untreated cremated remains died from toxic shock.

You may have noticed that all over the world bones and cremated remains and bones are often found at ruin sites sometimes 1,000’s of years old. The idea of bio urns is that the ashes create a tree, the science shows that the roots will grow around or through the cremate remains and in many cases can harm the roots from the high pH and salinity levels.

Legacy Trees are unique in that the cremated remains are transformed into micronutrient elements small enough to be transported to tree roots using the LL Thrive formula. LL Thrive creates a living memorial and path for loved ones to connect to nature in your absence.

What does my purchase include?

Your purchase includes the ongoing exclusive right for your ashes and Legacy Tree to be planted in your Legacy Garden area.

This right may include the option to permit other people’s ashes to be infused into your tree or into other Legacy Trees within your Legacy Garden area.

Am I protected by Australian Consumer Law?

Forest Conservation Australia Pty Ltd (ABN 59 639 330 617 ) is dedicated to providing the best possible experience to you and your family.

Your purchase is already protected under Australian Consumer Law (“ACL”) , but Mornington Green provides further warranties on top of these as part of our commitment to excellence.

What can I do with human ashes?

Many people are opting for a sustainable and environmentally friendly way to memorialise cremation ashes. Using a bio urn is thought to be an obvious choice to bury ashes within a memorial garden and allow a tree to be planted atop of the bio urn. But did you know that cremated ashes are actually highly alkaline and has massive salt content and therefore harmful to the environment? And by burying ashes within a bio urn and eventually allowing a tree to absorb the ashes can in fact be harmful to the tree and surrounding plants.

A Legacy Tree however is a definitively more sustainable, environmentally friendly and beautiful way to allow your loved one to live on after death. A Legacy Tree is a tree planted in soil that has been infused with the ashes of your loved ones and is cared for by leading experts and horticulturists. Using patented Living Legacy Ash Treatment, cremation ashes are detoxified in order to make it compatible to the soil and therefore allow a tree to thrive and absorb the newly composed nutrients from your loved one’s ashes.

Your environmental contribution by choosing a Legacy Tree is maximised thanks to the 400-tree offset planting we undertake in Australia and abroad in high needs habitats for every Legacy Tree planted.