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Give a Healing Tree

What significance can one single tree have in understanding the history of a landscape and the people who live there? Trees become the belly of our drums, their breeze is the vocal cords of our historical memory, and their trunks the containers for our souls. What happens when their meaning is forgotten?

Join us in planting forests of Legacy and Memory trees as a part of our ancestral tradition and Pollinating the Future for our loved ones.

Honor the Memory: Like the strength and majesty of the chestnut tree, your tree will be planted to honor the power of your loved one.

Seed A Legacy: Like a native evergreen tree that symbolizes immortality and eternal life, leave an organic, ever-growing altar to honor your legacy or the legacy of someone else. 

Pollinate the Future: Like the pollinator plants and insects that provide life for the future, invest in a child's destiny by building an environmental and exploratory place for our future ecologically conscious, earth base and social justice leaders.

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In Benin, on our ancestral grounds, a story, steeped in spirituality and ecological systems, required our ancestors to be in communion with the trees before entering the Door of No Return and stepping foot on the slave ships. This ritual, ceremony and practice, involved circling a tree ten times until the tree recognized the Spirit that inhabited the individual who was captured and about to be taken from their lands into the belly of the boat. The encircling of the tree, was a ritual to bind one’s relationship with their earth and their native land, so that their soul could could find its way home. In Black feminist ecologies and spirituality, trees are the holders of our spirit and the beacon of our soul.

Restore Forward is located on the Freedom Trail in Upstate New York. As we prepare to launch the Abolitionist Freedom Trail, we remember the souls that traversed great bodies of water to be met with the roots of one tree as they left the roots of another. As we plant legacy and memory trees with you, it is a reminder to our ancestors that these trees hold the spirits of our ancestors. 

Plant healing trees in our Memory Forest, and create Habitats of Pollinators on 300 acres of land in upstate New York to honor legacy, memory and custodians of the future. 

Multiple trees can be planted in someone's honor, from a single tree seedling to a large grove. Your trees will be planted on protected public lands to restore forests that have been damaged by wildfires, invasive insects, natural disasters and disease.

Honor the Memory: Like the strength and majesty of the chestnut tree, your tree will be planted to honor the power of your loved one.

Seed A Legacy: Like a native evergreen tree that symbolizes immortality and eternal life, leave an organic, ever-growing altar to honor your legacy or the legacy of someone else.

Pollinate the Future: Like the pollinator plants and insects that provide life for the future, invest in creating an environmental and exploratory habitat for our future ecologically conscious, earth base and social justice leaders to explore, discover restorative action, and build symbiotic relationships.

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Pollinate the Future

A tree planting and pollinator habitat gift includes:

  • A tree seedling or grove of seedlings, planted for you in a natural setting in a US National Forest

  • A sustainably sourced, Restore Forward Certified greeting card to commemorate the tree planting

  • Stamping and mailing of the card directly to the recipient of your gift, with a First Class stamp and your return address on the envelope for a more personal touch

  • The ability to personalize your card and add a personal message to the recipient

  • Tree planting location and restoration project printed on the inside of the keepsake card