Is It OK to Carve Sweetheart Initials Into A Tree As A Valentines or Anniversary Gift

Love,and a promise carved forever into a tree. what could be better?

True romance was to carve a heart in a tree, add the date, carve your initials and those of your sweetheart, and pierce it with Cupid’s Arrow! Truly a forever event that will be there for eternity, or so our young minds thought.

But there are a couple of small problems in the age of environmental awareness.

The reason to carve is obvious, but the reasons not to carve include such STD sounding diseases such as Aspen Cankers, and Beech Bark Disease. Additionally, your artwork leaves a place for insects to enter and opens the soft portions of the tree to ravaging animals. To make it worse, state and federal agencies really frown on defacing and destroying public trees. The end result is that it is a bad idea to carve, so read on to find out how to have your initials, date, and Cupid’s Arrow while saving a tree!

But there is an environmentally friendly solution.

The solution is hang your loving heart on a tree in the form of a plaque that won’t damage the tree, and, can be moved when you do. Your initials, and those of your true love, in a Heart Shaped Plaque that you can attach to a tree, fence, or building. What a great way to celebrate the day you met, the date of the proposal, wedding day, or some other little secretive date that only you two share. A very thoughtful gift for yourself, your parents, or your grandparents.

Did you know that various metals are associated with specific wedding anniversaries.

Here is the list of wedding anniversary gifts made of traditional materials. It can be a little confusing because there are both Traditional and Modern versions. I have only listed the anniversaries that include metal to keep the list a little shorter.

* 6th Anniversary – Iron is Modern

* 7th – Copper is Traditional and Brass is Modern

* 8th – Bronze is Traditional

* 10th – Aluminum (our Pewter Finish) is Modern

* 19th – Bronze is Modern

* 21st – Brass or Nickel (our Silver Nickel) is Modern

* 22nd – Copper, listed once again, is the Modern Gift

The bottom line is:

If you don’t kill the tree, your carving will be there until the tree dies of old age, in which case you can go back to see it on your 50th wedding anniversary. If the tree gets diseased, you may look in vain, but never find your declaration of eternal passion. Your dearest may think that you have lost your mind, and put you in a home, when in fact all you did was kill a tree. The solution is so very obvious!