Julyan's Forest

Julyan's Forest

Julyan loved trees! And so, we are planting a forest in her name.

In her lifetime, Mum was deeply dedicated to trees, to the environment, to creating a beautiful and equitable world. In her dying, she told us she wanted to be with the trees, to become a tree. So some of Mum's ashes are in the grounds of the Mount Pleasant cemetery in Toronto, one of the largest arboretum's in North America. And some of her ashes are sprinkled in the magnificent Old Growth forest on the west coast of BC, spread along the path to the sea. She is becoming soil to nourish the roots and grounds of so many of her beloved kin.

JULYAN'S FOREST feels like a project Mum would have loved and supported - as a maker of beauty, as a feminist, and as one who saw and acted in the big picture of things. Julyan's Forest is about renewing and caring for the lungs of the world. Planting a forest in Auntie Julyan's name creates partnerships with local women's organizations around the world as well as good work and fair wages for women who are reforesting their communities. And it's about doing this in solidarity - across generations, across ecosystems, across national or political borders, and with women leading the way.


We see Julyan's Forest as an ongoing project!


Every year, we are committed to seeing this forest grow. We will make donations on behalf of our family for Christmas, Birthdays and special events and together, we can track the evolution of this forest. We are equally inviting all of us to off-set our carbon use if we fly (make a donation here each time!), to bring even more awareness to our daily consumer habits, and to activate for deeply regenerative collective behaviours and policies.

In this way, we become a restorer species - restoring the essential nutrients that forests give well beyond their own visible boundaries. Giving back to the earth restores us, too. It restores our health, our souls, our hope for and sense of purpose towards a healthy world ...through reciprocity with each other and our planet!

We have chosen $7000 as a goal because 7 was Mum's favourite number, but we see this as a rolling goal that can evolve as we plant this forest. Each dollar we donate is 2 trees planted. Please visit here often and feel free to make your own donations!


Here is the link about GROWING A FOREST

This is the link our JULYAN'S FOREST


*The lungs of the world are: the Atlantic and Amazon rainforests of Brazil, the upland forests of Mount Kenya and Mount Bamboutos in Cameroon, the Khasi Hills in North East India, mangroves in Madagascar, Mozambique, agro-forestry in Southern India, and community forests in Nepal.



Honour Roll

$50.00

Dylan Reid
Dec 31, 2021
Ontario, Canada

“Dear Dad... In remembrance of the way you and Mum always walked hand-in-hand in the woods... We continue our family project to plant at least 14,000 trees, restoring the "lungs of the world" and employing women at fair wages to plant together in their local eco-systems. Mum would love this! xo Vanessa”

$50.00

Vanessa Reid
Dec 24, 2021
Quebec, Canada

“Dylan and Molly.....this year once again, this gift of planting new seeds and new trees. "The blessed and the blessing trees" as the poet Wendell Berry writes. May we collectively replenish what we are destroying, with speed, grace and intention to preserve the "lungs of the world".... xo Vanessa”

$50.00

Vanessa Reid
Dec 24, 2021
Quebec, Canada

“Carol, Pat, Luke, Roz and Adele... In your name, we are planting new seeds and trees in the "lungs of the world". Over time, a forest in Auntie Julyan's name. "Letting go of old forms of life, a tree practises hospitality towards new forms of life," writes the poet John O'Donohue. "It balances the perennial energies of winter and spring within its own living bark. The tree is wise in the art of belonging." with love, xo Vanessa”

$50.00

Vanessa Reid
Dec 24, 2021
Quebec, Canada

“Stand still. The trees ahead and the bushes beside you Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger, Must ask permission to know it and be known. The forest breathes. Listen. It answers, I have made this place around you, If you leave it you may come back again, saying Here. No two trees are the same to Raven. No two branches are the same to Wren. If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you, You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows Where you are. You must let it find you. ~David Wagoner Planting new seeds and trees after another year of forest fires and devastations.”

$100.00

Vanessa Reid
Dec 24, 2021
Quebec, Canada

$50.00

Cheryl Rose
Dec 18, 2020
British Columbia, Canada

$50.00

Anonymous
Dec 18, 2020
Quebec, Canada

$7.00

Anonymous
Apr 22, 2020
Indiana, United States

$7.00

Anonymous
Apr 22, 2020
Indiana, United States

“off setting emissions of holiday travel and making a donation to your mother’s forest Vanessa. the most glamorous woman i never knew.”

$37.34

Sage Goldenberg
Dec 27, 2019
Ontario, Canada

“Dear Uncle Robin and Auntie Caroline ~ Remembering the many walks through gardens, trees and forests we have taken with you as a family, and in celebration of Mum's life, we are planting a forest in Julyan's name. This Christmas marks the beginning of a long-term project and over time we aim to plant at least 14,000 trees as a family, restoring the "lungs of the world" and employing women at fair wages to plant together in their local eco-systems ~ with much love, Vanessa and BE xo”

$51.75

Robin Fancott
Dec 25, 2019
Quebec, Canada

“Dear Carol, Pat, Luke, Roz and Adele ~ This year for Christmas we are planting a forest together! We've decided that our best gift is to each other and to the planet is to restore the "lungs of the world" and we are doing so in the name of Auntie Julyan who loved you all so much, and loved her role as Auntie. She also loved trees. She was a committed environmental public servant like your dad, and believed in and fought for healthy lives for all like your mum. May this and all forests thrive! With all our love, Vanessa and BE xo”

$51.75

Patrick Fancott
Dec 25, 2019
Ontario, Canada

“Dear Jackie, Graham, Tobi and Escott ~The 2013 Christmas walks through the old growth forests, the year after Julyan died, were blessings and balms and remembrances of Mum's love of trees. This year, we our Christmas gift is planting the seeds of new, bio-diverse forests - to restore the lungs of the earth, and to restore our human bodies and souls. With all our love, Vanessa and BE xo”

$51.75

Jackie Scott
Dec 25, 2019
Quebec, Canada

“Dear Harriet, Mark and Theo! Here is our gift to you this Christmas - TREES in honour of Auntie Julyan! I have memories of many family walks, in St. Catharines, at the Farm, through the Vancouver cemetery, the Brickworks in Toronto, and of course being surrounded by them at Lac Brule. May we continue to be blessed by trees, and by Auntie Julyan and by being in family together. Here's to a healthy planet! With love from, Vanessa and BE xo”

$51.75

Harriet Fancott
Dec 24, 2019
British Columbia, Canada

“wonderful!”

£51.75

Tim Reid
Dec 24, 2019
Ontario, Canada

“This is a gift to Dylan and Molly to celebrate Christmas, and in celebration of your Walking life! May this year be full of forests and trees, and urban and non-urban excursions that feed your souls. With love, Vanessa and BE xo”

$103.19

Molly McCarron
Dec 24, 2019
Ontario, Canada

“This is a gift in Tim's name to Julyan's Forest... For all the times you held hands while walking through the forests, your strolls through the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in all seasons, for all the ways you and Mum's love was like a forest for so many of us to flourish in.... Merry Christmas, with love from Vanessa and BE xo”

$103.19

Tim Reid
Dec 24, 2019
Ontario, Canada

“Vanessa and BE are starting this forest in memory of Julyan who loved trees and then became one.”

$103.19

Vanessa Reid
Dec 24, 2019
Quebec, Canada

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