Work due to start on Mortonhall Crematorium memorial
Work on the walled Memorial Garden at Mortonhall Crematorium is due to start next week (Monday 31 August).Parents were asked to choose between four different designs which aimed to provide a private and peaceful place for personal contemplation.
The walled garden design emerged as the favourite, and will include beech hedges, birch trees, a stone ball water feature, rocks, a pathway and seating and will be located off the existing memorial walkway within easy reach of the main chapel.
The memorial will also incorporate a sensitively designed plaque recording the names of individual babies who have been affected, where parents have indicated they wish these to be included.
Councillor Lesley Hinds, Environment Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “I’m sure parents will be pleased to see work starting on the walled garden. It will be a fitting memorial and provide a tranquil area for reflection.”
The Mortonhall Multi-Agency Working Group worked closely with independent garden landscape designers to develop the initial design options. Affected parents were then consulted through an online survey and a series of consultation events hosted by SANDS Lothian, SiMBA, and the Council.
The memorial is expected to be completed in November.
In line with parents’ wishes an alternative memorial is being progressed in Princes Street Gardens.