Places where the Bios Urn can be planted

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. Hea says

    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?

    • Bios Urn says

      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.

    • Bios Urn says

      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?

      • Kim Girard-Vinzant says

        Hello, I live in New York, City of The Brinx. I’m always into Mother Nature and this would be perfect for me when its time for me to leave this earth. Can you tell me if I can be buried in a pod here in NYC, Where and how much?

        • Bios Urn says

          Hello Tina. Thank you for reaching out to us and for your interest in the Bios Urn®, we are very grateful. In Canada, the only memory forest we know of where Quebec we know of this one who allow the plantation of our urns and organize beautiful ceremonies for family and friends is this one:

          Boisé de Vie https://www.cimetierescatholiquesdegranby.com/

          Have you tried searching online? You can try keywords such as “natural burial grounds”, “memorial gardens” or “green burial grounds” near where you live, you should see what is closest to you and they are sure to be able to provide further information also.

          If you do find any more places in Canada, please do let us know! We are always on the lookout for forward-thinking cemeteries and natural burial grounds around the world 🙂

  2. Mackenzie OToole says

    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.

      • Bios Urn says

        Dear Dan and Mackensie. Thank you for your messages. We unfortunately don’t know of any specific memorial gardens or burial forests in Santa Cruz. Is anyone else reading this able to recommend one? Have you tried searching online? After a brief search, we found this website which offers information on natural burials in California and mentions Santa Cruz: https://capitolaaptosrotary.org/stories/green-burials Alternatively, maybe a private land owner or your local council would be interested in creating one! Please keep us posted. Warm regards

  3. Angie says

    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. Tracy says

    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?

    • Bios Urn says

      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. Sutton Turner says

    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. Ann Genovese says

    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.

    • Bios Urn says

      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. Jessica says

    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. Brendan says

    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?

    • Bios Urn says

      Hello Claudette, thank you for getting in touch with us. Yes the Bios Urn can be legally planted on any private property, such as a backyard or garden. Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  9. Carol Baird says

    Hi, I live in West Tennessee. I am wondering where I might be able to plant a bio urn in Tennessee, especially in the Smoky Mountains area or the Tennessee river area. It would be great if it is an area that reforestation is needed.

  10. Rita O'Hara says

    Being a Catholic it’s important that ALL ashes remain together. Is that the case with your urns?
    Thank you for answering me.

    • Bios Urn says

      Dear Rita, thank you for getting in touch with us. The Bios Urn has the capacity for 2.5 liters of ashes which corresponds to the ashes of 1 person, so yes all the ashes remain together if you wish for them to be. Please don´ t hesitate to get in touch if you have any more questions.

    • Bios Urn says

      Hello Megan. The Bios Urn can be legally planted on any private property, such as a backyard or garden. If you are looking for a public space, you can search for parks and forests near you and then follow our recommendations about planting your Bios Urn in a public place here: https://biosurn.wpengine.com/planting-bios-urn-forest-park-public/ We hope that this will help your search for the ideal spot! If any other readers can recommend specific places near this area, they are also more than welcome.

    • Bios Urn says

      Hello Maureen! Thank you for your message. The Bios Urn can be legally planted on any private property, such as a backyard or garden. If you are looking for a public space, you can search for parks near you and then follow our recommendations about planting your Bios Urn in a public park or forest here: https://biosurn.wpengine.com/planting-bios-urn-forest-park-public/ We hope that it answers your questions. If not let us know and we will try to provide you more information. Thanks!

    • Bios Urn says

      Thank you for your message. The Bios Urn can be legally planted on any private property, such as a backyard or garden. If you are looking for a public place, we recommend you enquire about the local laws in your country. You may also find these articles useful.
      https://urnabios.com/planting-bios-urn-forest-park-public/
      https://urnabios.com/natural-burial-grounds-and-memorial-gardens/
      If you Google natural burial grounds or memorial gardens near Toronto, you should see what is closest to you and they are sure to be able to provide further information also.
      If anyone else reading this message gives in Canada and can recommend somewhere please let us know!

      We hope that it answers your questions. If not let us know and we will try to provide you more information.

    • Bios Urn says

      Definitely. The Bios Urn® can be used with ash saved from another urn. As such, if you already have the ashes in your house, you may purchase the urn and transfer the ashes into it. You can also bring the Bios Urn® to a crematorium or funeral home so they can handle the task of transferring the ash for you. Let us know if we can help with anything else Vicky, thank you.

  11. Peta Smedley says

    I live in Belgium, would like my body put into a pod,and buried, in or near forest area ,or ground aloted to that type of burials. Or is it only ashes that are buried with a tree to grow.
    Can you let me know if it is already accepted here,and how much a pod that size would cost.Also would funeral directors be able to do this work,in some,how does it work.I love this idea and have been following you since a long time,as I become older I think more about getting it organized before I shuffle off this mortal couple!!

    • Bios Urn says

      Thank you for following us for so long Peta! Our Bios Urn costs 140€ and shipping to Belgium is currently 8€. They are designed for cremation ashes. From what we know, the laws in Belgium regarding what one can do with human remains is quite limited. We unfortunately aren’t aware of a specific place in this area of the world. If you live in the Walloon Region, you are able to take ashes which are in an urn in your home to a burial ground (this has been entirely possible since the 2016 decree). However, Brussels legislation does not yet offer this possibility. If you decide to no longer keep the ashes at home, Brussels law gives you the only possibility of bringing them to a cemetery. And regardless of where you live, if the ashes are already in a cemetery, they can not be taken to a burial ground. However, laws change quickly so we recommend that you check with your municipality what the latest is. It´s a good thing to investigate with time. And please do keep us update!

      11. Mom’s ashes are in a columbarium at the cemetery. Can they join the forest?

      No unfortunately, this scenario is not authorized by law.

  12. Monica Tomkinson says

    I have a prepaid funeral.
    I would like to know if there are any suitable woods in my area
    which would take my ashes
    My postcode is LA14 5PA
    Thank you
    Monica Tomkinson

  13. Eda-Sun Dogan says

    Hey there!
    Do you know if I’m allowed to use your Urns in Turkey? My Grandma wishes to be cremated and wants her dog to be cremated once he is dead as well, and I would like to make sure they are together once they are dead… I can imagine Turkey has pretty strict regulations on that, so I’d also be willing to take the way and get it done in Bulgaria, Greece or even Serbia…. Can you give me any legal advice on those countries?

    • Bios Urn says

      Hello Eda

      Thank you for your interest. Regarding legalities, we are a small online business which sends our urns to every corner of the world and unfortunately we aren’t aware of the laws and regulations in every single country, especially as it can also vary from region to region in a country. The thing that we find is that many countries´ laws don’t actually specify the legal usage of biodegradable urns. The laws have not evolved as quickly as the marketplace. So it is a bit of a hybrid. Does one need to look at regulations regarding the “disposal” of human remains? And/or regulations regarding planting a tree in a public place? It is never 100% clear.

      As far as we are aware, there are no facilities for cremation in Turkey. It does not seem to be legal. Is this truly the case? We can only assume that laws are therefore very strict regarding cremains. The question is what can property owners do on their own land. Maybe here there is a possibility.

      Regarding Greece, here is some information https://www.angloinfo.com/how-to/greece/healthcare/death-dying As for Bulgaria we couldn´t say.

      We are currently preparing a future blog article about the legalities of planting a Bios Urn on private or public land in Europe as it varies a lot from country to country. Although it does not contemplate Turkey or Bulgaria, it may cover Greece, our legal team is working on this. We hope at least to have offered some further guidance.

      Warm regards

    • Bios Urn says

      Hi Paul. Thank you for reaching out to us. Regarding legalities, we are a small online business which sends our urns to every corner of the world and unfortunately we aren’t aware of the laws and regulations in every single country, especially as it can also vary from region to region in a country. The thing that we find is that many countries´ laws don’t actually specify the legal usage of biodegradable urns. The laws have not evolved as quickly as the marketplace. So it is a bit of a hybrid. Does one need to look at regulations regarding the “disposal” of human remains? And/or regulations regarding planting a tree in a public place? It is never 100% clear.

      We are currently preparing a future blog article about the legalities of planting a Bios Urn on private or public land in Europe as it varies a lot from country to country. Until then, this website seems to have information relating to Switzerland: https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/human-ashes-litter-swiss-countryside/30534188 As for Austria, we haven´t bee able to find any information at this time. We hope at least to have offered some further guidance for Switzerland.

      Warm regards

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