5 October 2018
The council has dedicated a tree in Central Park as a place for families to remember children lost in pregnancy, ahead of Baby Loss Awareness Week from 9 to 15 October 2018.
The tree - which is in the Festival Gardens part of the park on Ashby Road, Scunthorpe – was the idea of local campaigner, Susan Roe.
Susan said, “Often when parents lose their children in pregnancy, they don’t feel like they have somewhere to go to remember them. I wanted a dedicated space where families could go to, whenever they wanted to, to pay their respects.
“The Memory Tree isn’t just for mothers who have tragically lost children recently; I know that families who went through that pain many years ago will want to add their own decorations and memories to the tree.
“Dedicating the Memory Tree has been a team effort and it wouldn’t have happened without the help of Rob Waltham, Andy, Chris and the rest of the team.”
Families are encouraged to decorate the tree with items such as wooden hearts, ribbons, and other ornaments. The chosen tree has low branches, to allow children and young people the opportunity to attach their own decorations too.
Susan approached council leader, Cllr Rob Waltham, who agreed to dedicate the tree in Central Park.
Cllr Waltham said:
“The Memory Tree is something that was very close to Susan’s heart and, I’m sure, the hearts of many other families across North Lincolnshire. I’m pleased that we have been able to make Susan’s idea a reality, and I hope it brings comfort to families who have tragically lost children in pregnancy.
“We spent time carefully considering which tree to dedicate as the Memory Tree. There’s a bench nearby to allow for quiet reflection and the tree has some lower branches so that everyone can add their memories and decorations to it.
“The Memory Tree adds to the growing support available for mothers and families in North Lincolnshire.”
A plaque has been unveiled at the base of the tree, which is near The Pods.
To support Baby Loss Awareness Week, the council will also be lighting up Civic Centre and Church Square in pink and blue between 9 and 15 October 2018.