Cast YOUR vote for memorial garden

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 November 2010

The town council has plans to build a memorial garden for babies and children

The town council has plans to build a memorial garden for babies and children

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A MEMORIAL garden for babies and children could soon be built in Weston - but the town council needs your help in securing its bid.

The authority has been successful in its application to People’s Millions for the development of the garden in Milton Road Cemetery.

The project has been shortlisted by the Big Lottery Fund and its bid will be televised on ITV news from 6pm on November 25.

Weston Town Council is appealing to the public to pick up the phone and vote for the project from 9am-midnight on voting day.

The memorial garden project will cost £62,000 and the council is asking for £49,500 from People’s Millions, which is run by the Big Lottery Fund in conjunction with ITV.

Plans for the garden include a large stone memorial wall, an area for the scattering of ashes, an area for caskets of ashes and a small secluded garden where the bereaved can sit in peace.

A number of child orientated sculptures will be sought for the area along with benches and landscaping, which will be used to enhance the garden.

Zoe Clements, town council development officer, said: “It is hoped that providing a memorial garden specific for children will provide bereaved parents, siblings, grandparents and carers a space to grieve and remember a loved one in a quiet and reflective place.

“After initial consultation with local funeral directors, clergy and children’s charities, it has become apparent that there is no other service like this in Weston and the space the town council wishes to create is not only unique, but sadly, a required service by those who experience such a tragic loss.”

The babies and children area is to be created next to the newly developed memorial garden, with consultation from the public.

Anyone who would like to be involved in the project can contact Zoe at the council offices in Grove House.

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