Child memorial garden planned

Darren Bell, cultural services manager for Fylde Council.

Darren Bell, cultural services manager for Fylde Council.

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A special memorial garden is to be built to allow parents who suffer the devastating loss of a child to remember their loved ones.

Plans to build an Infant Memorial Garden at Lytham Park Cemetery will go before Fylde Council’s cabinet next week where they are recommended for approval.

The £125,000 garden and infrastructure has been planned to provide a lasting tribute to children and stillborn babies.

Darren Bell, cultural services manager for Fylde Council, said: “The bereavement support nurse specialist from Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde NHS Trust has been pushing this for a while.

“There’s a baby section at Carleton and Fleetwood cemetery and they’ve been pushing for us to have an Infant Memorial Garden for 18 months.

“It will give the families space away from the main cemetery and away from the main garden where they can go.

“We want it to be well maintained and appropriate for the families.

“There will be an archway entrance into the garden, a footpath network and a central focal point sculpted piece which bereaved families are raising money for to get it in place.”

The garden will be funded as part of the authority’s Capital Programme for 2013 and 2014.

If the plans are approved, work could begin this month and be completed over two phases.

Phase one would see the installation of footpaths and landscaping, and the second would involve local artists submitting proposals to create and build the garden’s centrepiece.

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