Tree Trail

The Victorians loved planting interesting trees in cemeteries so they could be a place where people could come to learn about trees and admire unusual specimens including exotic imported species and those with symbolism linked to mourning. We wanted to revive this tradition.

There are 10 tree plaques across the JQ cemeteries with information about just some of the different species you can find within the cemeteries. Take a stroll and see how many you can find, or download the maps below to help you.

Do you want to learn more about the trees you have spotted? We have a comprehensive PDF guide to help you which also includes latitude/longitude references to the location of the tree plaques.
The file is quite large (28MB) due to all the information and colour images. We recommend waiting until you have a WiFi connection to download it.
If you would like a print copy please email

The JQ Cemeteries Tree Trail was produced in memory of Marie Challinor who loved trees.

Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project


The Snowflake Trail is over now until Christmas 2023.
120 of you took a Snowflake home for your own tree and 40 people left a message for a loved one on our memory tree. Thank you for visiting and making this event so special
#JQChristmas #keyhillcemetery

The Snowflake Trail is back for a 3rd year in Key Hill Cemetery and the weather laid on some real snow for us too!

The trail is free and open to everyone from 18th December until 1st January. Wrap up warm and explore, hunting for wooden snowflakes which hang from some of the trees forming a trail around the cemetery. Add the name of your loved one to our memory tree using the stars and snowflakes provided. Choose a decorative snowflake from the trail to take home for your own tree.

Please take care while walking as paths may be slippery in snowy, icy oe wet conditions. Please visit during daylight hours only.

Share your photos of your snowflake on your tree at home and tag us!

Key Hill Cemetery too far to travel? There are also snowflake trails at Lodge Hill Cemetery (18th Dec- 24th Dec), Lodge Hill Cemetery (18th Dec- 24th Dec) and Sutton Coldfield Crematorium (19th Dec - 24th Dec).

This project is possible because of funding from: