Medina should allow trees to be planted at Boxwood on cemetery plots

Posted 26 February 2015 at 12:00 am


What makes Boxwood Cemetery a must see spot for out-of-town visitors? What makes it a pleasant place to walk? What gives it that special ambiance that other Medina cemeteries don’t have? The answer is the mature trees.

I recently acquired two plots in the older section of the cemetery. Being eco-friendly I had decided to plant an oak tree instead of a gravemarker on my final resting place. To my dismay, I was informed that it was not allowed due to the cost of upkeep.

I fully understand the cost factor, but what about the cemetery being a “Medina Gem” for future generations? Do the people of Medina want it to look like the other treeless cemeteries in Medina? If so, the people responsible for this terrible decision have sealed Boxwood’s fate.

Your great grandchildren will never experience the beauty that we all have enjoyed for years without an aggressive tree planting campaign or once again allow plot owners to plant saplings at NO COST to the taxpayers.

The people of Medina need to stand up and voice their opinion on this matter. Too many terrible decisions have been made by the Medina government in the 55 years that I have been alive. The destruction of the Medina sandstone buildings on northern Main Street in the late 1960’s to the present day unimaginative building sprawl on Maple Ridge Road are two terrible mistakes that come to mind. To the government of Medina – Shame.

This is a no brainer. Reverse this policy now. Don’t lose another asset to Medina that your forefathers created.

Timothy D. R. Watson