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Tree Gifts in Memory of Clients

Project type: 
Million Tree Challenge
Year: 
2017

What could be a better business gift than one that grows and gives benefits to the community?

“I was searching for a more meaningful gift for my patients and their families,” said Dr. Carlo Pavan of Whitehills Dental Centre, “and I’m glad there was such a worthwhile opportunity in lieu of the traditional but short lived gifts of flowers etc. that I was giving to the families.” For the past two years, Dr. Pavan has been purchasing gifts of trees planted in the Celebration Forest in memory of his clients.

Entrance to the Celebration ForestThe ReForest London Tree Gift program offers a unique gift for businesses to have a tree planted in honour or in memory in the Celebration Forest. Many organizations find they need gifts for a wide variety of reasons- whether it is honouring a staff person or a client, as a thank you gift, acknowledging a milestone, or in memory, a tree planted in honour of a person, business or organization is always well-received.

“I made the decision to give trees in memory of my patients and their families because I felt traditional gifts were lost in the grief period of time,” said Dr. Pavan, “Trees are a lasting gift that if the family should choose, is a living memorial for their loved one.”

When asked what kind of reactions does he get from his tree gift recipients, Dr. Pavan said , “More often than not, the reactions are more personal be it a long hand written note card, a purposeful phone call and a commitment to attend the planting ceremony. I will also get photos of families participating in the event or a second note saying that they have attended and again are appreciative of the gift. I am so glad for the family that this gift gives them more.”

Dr. Carlo Pavan has been a long-time tree planter. “I have planted trees independently for a significant part of my life, with the support of my family.” Dr. Pavan said, “I want to improve on our environmental footprint. Often I have taken small seedlings that I know won’t survive under “wolf trees” and have planted them in more favourable locations. I’ve also planted trees on my own property in lieu of grass and my largest endeavour, in the late 1990s, was to retire some marginal land that was difficult to cultivate, dedicating it to trees of many different species. I continue to quietly plant significant numbers to this date. The goal is to plant 20,000 trees. We have a little ways to go, but this is achievable.”Dr. Pavan and his staff

Thank you Dr. Carlo Pavan and Whitehills Dental Centre for giving Tree Gifts in memory of your clients. They are a wonderful way to acknowledge a life lived and they help create a greener London for everyone.

If you think this type of gift would suit your business or organization, to find more information about Tree Gifts in the Celebration Forest go here, and if you would like to order Tree Gifts, go here.