PIQUA – Forest Hill Cemetery in Piqua, Ohio has been awarded a Level I Accreditation by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and the Morton Arboretum for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens. The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various levels of development, capacity, and professionalism. Forest Hill Cemetery is also now recognized as an accredited arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s arboreta and gardens dedicated to woody plants.
Forest Hill Cemetery was established in 1868. Located on the north side of the city of Piqua it spans 120 acres and is divided by a canal with a walking path used by many for walking and biking. The cemetery is the final resting place for nearly 30,000 individuals. Forest Hill Cemetery has a tree program in place and works to plant new trees each year to provide a variety of trees to enjoy. It offers a tree adoption program with a plague placed at the tree in memory of a loved one.
Forest Hill Cemetery Superintendent Jim Roth stated, “This has been a project that we have been working on for several years now and we have finally made it. I am proud of all those who have taken part in this project and to the cemeteries ground maintenance crew for their part in digging and planting the trees as well as ongoing tree care.”
ArbNet is an interactive, collaborative, international community of arboreta. ArbNet facilitates the sharing of knowledge, experience, and other resources to help arboreta meet their institutional goals and works to raise professional standards through the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program.
The accreditation program — sponsored and coordinated by the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill. in cooperation with American Public Gardens Association and Botanic Gardens Conservation International — is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta based on a set of professional standards. The program offers four levels of accreditation, recognizing arboreta of various degrees of development, capacity and professionalism. Standards include planning, governance, public access, programming and tree science, planting, and conservation. More information is available at www.arbnet.org.