Good news, Forestry Commission Scotland has a more progressive and enlightened view of dealing with those who wish to scatter the ashes of a loved one compared to their neighbours south of the border.
Scotland’s National Forest Estate covers nearly 9% of Scotland and comprises forests, woodland and open ground. And in their words ‘It’s a national treasure and it’s our privilege to be looking after it.’ And one would have to agree with that.
They permit the scattering of ashes on their land and recognise it as something that people would wish to do. However whilst accepting of the practice they do make clear that there are certain do’s and don’ts all of which are pretty reasonable.
- No permanent memorials, these are likely to be removed
- Placing natural flowers is acceptable if discreet and free from wrapping, ties etc
- Don’t leave the ashes in a pile, as it is unpleasant for others and can impact the soil. Try and spread them as widely as possible.
- If a habitat is fragile, containing rare plants, please ask the local District Office first – contact your local district office.
Also they are not offering memorial benches anymore, as the need replacing and may need moving which causes upset.