Wall-Custance Memorial Forest

photo of the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest sign and path to the 2020 sapling

About the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest Annual Dedication Service

The Memorial Forest is a partnership begun in 1989 with the Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel in Guelph. For each donation to the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest Program, a tree or shrub is planted in the Memorial Forest using 16 species of native trees and 10 species of native shrubs. These forested areas serve as windbreaks, screening, wildlife corridors and habitat for many species. Ten percent of each donation to the Memorial Forest program is added to The Arboretum Endowment Fund to support development and maintenance. 

An annual dedication service is typically held in September in the dedication grove located opposite the Information Kiosk near the campus entrance to The Arboretum. Individual names are listed at the Wall-Custance Funeral Home & Chapel website and on memorial plaques at the dedication grove. Since 1989, over 8500 trees and shrubs have been planted in memory of loved ones. For more information please call the Wall-Custance Funeral Home & Chapel at (519) 822-0051, or The Arboretum at (519) 824-4120 ext. 52113.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic barred us from gathering together for the annual tree dedication service. To continue the important tradition of remembrance and new growth, The Arboretum and the Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel collaborated to create a video documenting the planting of this year’s tree: an elm sapling from our Elm Recovery Project. Families, friends, and loved ones can watch the journey of the sapling from our Henry Kock Propagation Centre to its new home in the Memorial Forest. Watch the 2020 video below: