About the Garden

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We are opened the garden on 1st June 2014, which marked the beginning of SANDS awareness month.

The garden features:

-       2 custom made engraved stone seats,

-       A specially commissioned sculpture of a baby by local artist and bereaved mother Sian Walton,

-       Small individual memorials made in collaboration with bereaved families at our day for parents & families on 23rd March,

-       Specially designed planting by local gardener and bereaved father Andre Tranqulini, including both trees and shrubs.

We envisage the garden to be a special place, where bereaved families and parents can come to spend time thinking about their babies; a place to be and to remember. It is a place where our support group can hold small remembrance events once or twice a year and a place that can help raise awareness.

sculpture1“I have donated a tree for my baby. This week was his anniversary, I was more upset this year and I went to the cemetery and there is nothing there for him, no plaque, nothing. He was scattered on thecircular lawn by the big tree with other babies because it was just before 24 weeks and so not classed as a stillborn death! It really upsets me that I have nothing to go to, especially after everything I have been through after his birth/death. So this memorial garden is a comfort for me. Thank-you”

When you visit the garden you are invited to bring a decorated pebble, no bigger than the palm of your hand to add to the garden, in memory of a baby who has died. The garden is located at Follaton Arboretum, a couple of minutes walk from the main car park of Follaton House, where the South Hams District Council is situated.

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This project is the initiative of South Devon SANDS, who meet monthly in Totnes, Devon supporting parents whose babies have died. In the 12 years we have been meeting, more than 100 families have come to the group.See our website www.littlefootprints.org.uk or The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society website www.uk-sands.org. Group phone ++(0)7811 412271

Every day in the UK, 17 babies are stillborn or die shortly after birth.

See the why17 campaign at https://www.uk-sands.org/campaigns/our-campaigns/why-17

This garden and the workshop to create memorials is being developed and managed by Participate Arts, a local social enterprise who develop and deliver art projects together with charities and communities. Please see our website for further details www.participatearts.org.uk