Places where the Bios Urn can be planted

Minimal tree photo

Minimal tree photo

Where can I plant my Bios Urn?

Private Property

The Bios Urn can be legally planted on any private property, such as a backyard or garden. If you own a home, or property – planting on it is one of the best places. It´s recommended choosing a tree species which fits your location and space (and is appropriate in size.) You can find a list of trees we offer and information on their sizes here. Some people are worried about planting a Bios Urn in a backyard, in fear that they may some day move. If you are worried or find that you may someday move – arrangements can be made with a tree transplanting service. Generally these companies are skilled at moving or transporting trees without harming their root system, so that you can move it to the location you desire.

Most laws state that a person may plant or bury cremated remains in uninhabited public land, or on the private property of a consenting owner – but this may not be the case for all countries so it´s always important to ask! Please be sure to investigate your state or region´s provincial laws in relation to ashes. If you are unsure, just send us a message and we can help you look into it!

Jay planted his father´s Bios Urn in his backyard.

Indoors in a planter

The Bios Urn can be started off indoors in a planter or in a Bios Incube.  Starting off the Bios Urn indoors in a large planter is a good option. Once the tree begins to grow, it can then be transplanted to a forest, backyard or such a location. If you intend to plant the Bios Urn in a planter or a Bios Incube, it is recommended to keep it planted for 12-18 months before transplanting it. While some places may have restrictions with ashes, they do not have the same restrictions with trees, which is why planting in a planter to begin with is a good way to bypass these restrictions.

Sumi planted her mother´s Bougainvillea in a planter in her home.

In nature

Some forests which are local are a good place to plant the Bios Urn, although it is absolutely necessary to respect the local flora and plant an appropriate tree species which matches the local environment. Some forests and parks (especially national parks) may have differing laws or regulations about planting so it is necessary to inquire with local authorities about permissions. If you need assistance doing this, please contact us and we can inquire on your behalf. If the urn used is biodegradable, it does not need to be removed from the site.

Anne planted her mother´s Bios Urn in a forest close to her home.

Creative options

We have spoken to customers around the world who have told us that they have made arrangements in various locations such as: Golf Courses, Churches, Sacred Native American land, near lakes, and in special areas designated for the cause of tree-reforestation. Our suggestion is to find a place that works for you, and ask. Generally, if native tree seeds or a small native seedling are introduced, there should be no problems.

Tomas planted his grandfather´s Bios Urn by a lake.

Green (natural) Burial Locations

Many natural (green) burial grounds allow for the planting of a Bios Urn. The Green Burial Council provides a very informative list of Green Burial locations across the U.S., and many, if not most, of these locations will allow for a Bios Urn to be planted. Some local cemeteries allow for a Bios Urn to be planted, but this really depends on your location. We have found that each state and country differs. We are happy to inquire with local cemeteries or natural burial grounds in your area. Contact us  and let us know your location and preferences. We have also spoken with a few veteran cemeteries who were willing to accommodate this kind of burial.

Did you know the first Bios “tree of life” garden opened in 2017?

Bios Urn tree sapling

The Bios Urn can be planted with seeds or a baby sapling.

 

 

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Comments

  1. I have inquired how I could go the Bios Urn way in Germany. It seems to be difficult, and one would have to go for cremation in Germany, sending the ashes to the Netherlands, planting them there with a tree seedling and re-importing the tree to Germany. Couldn’t it be done easier? What is the status of your sales efforts in Germany?

    • Hello Heiki! In Germany, there is only one location where the Bios Urn can be legally used and planted on private property – which is in the city of Bremen. Other than this, the Bios Urn can be used in special natural burial grounds, often referred to as friedwald burial grounds! In Friedwalds generally, they do require the Bios Urn or any urn is buried 30 cm deep, so you must use a seedling for this. Hope this helps! Feel free to email us if you have any other questions.

    • In Canada, there is one that allows it. In the United States, we are unsure about this information – as we have found many cemeteries have different rules and regulations regarding tree planting. Where are you location exactly?

  2. Looking for a public place to plant in Santa Cruz county, either a cemetery or forest. If you could contact me back with any specific places that would be great.

  3. I’m in England and this is by far better than just scattering ashes I love this but where would I possibly be able to plant a tree here I do not own my own property or land ????

  4. Looking to see if there is a ability to be planted in a city zoo or park . Specifically Winnipeg, MB Canada? Or anywhere in our city besides owned property?

    • Hi Tracy! If it a special location, like a zoo or a park, we recommend contacting ones near you to request if this service can be done. Some parks or forests allow ash scattering and burial, so it truly depends on where you are located and interested in.

  5. I love the idea of planting a Bio Urn near a lake. My grandpa is requesting to be cremated when he passes and he used to love going to our local lake. I appreciate the information on planting plants with cremated remains.

  6. Love this idea. I have always hated traditional funerals/wakes. Especially how bodies are pumped with chemicals, painted like dolls and put on display. It’s just not natural. I have always wanted cremation and scattered in a field of flowers and trees. This method is brilliant as my remains can become something beautiful. It would be great if a small plaque can be attached to the tree as to identify the tree of your loved one, so family can come and visit too. What we need is a list of all the forests, parks, land needed for reforestation. It would be of so helpful to potential customers to have this information hand in their search for that perfect place. In the meantime, I am determined to keep an open dialogue on this beautiful natural method of burial thru Facebook, friends, co-workers, etc.

    • Hello Ed! When it comes to public spaces, generally you will need to inquire within. If any of these parks have a special place for “ash scattering” they may allow for ash-planting.

  7. Hi there. I am curious and wondering where I could legally bury (besides private property) a bios urn in Mercer or Forrest counties in Pennsylvania USA. Thank you very much in advance!

  8. I live in San Antonio Texas and am wondering where i might be able to plant the bio urn. I work for a local funeral home and have many people inquire about the options in regard to all aspects of a more green way. can you send me materials and info?

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