The Forget-me-not Garden formerly opened on Sunday 17 May 2015 at Guildford Crematorium in partnership with Guildford Borough Council.
It took approximately three years to complete from the initial concept stage, through the main design phase on to construction and planting. The bespoke features were also designed, created and installed. The Forget-me-not theme reflects the Sands bereavement suite at Royal Surrey County Hospital of the same name and the garden layout is that of the flower with the memorial beds creating the flower heads, whilst the paving and shrub beds create the stern and leaves.
The sculpture was designed and commissioned in honeycomb granite to coordinate with the original ‘children reading on a bench’ sculpture retained from the small garden that was there originally. A deer and fawn were chosen to reflect the unbreakable parent child bond. A stunning detailed leaf shape was used for the entrance plinth and the memorials on the individual baby gardens forming the flower heads, providing the gardens internment option.
There are memorial boulders within the rockery where each one can be personalised. Granite mushrooms provide space for memorial plaques and sit alongside the final option of the scattering lawn.
As a local group we have been incredibly fortunate to have such outstanding and dedicated fundraisers (both members and supporters) who enabled us to consider a project on this scale. Our contribution to the garden was £65,000. Guildford Borough Council has also made significant investment.
Memorial options can be discussed by appointment with Faye Brian, acting Bereavement services manager on 01483 444711.
There is a short video clip of the memorial options available below. You can also read more about the options on the Guildford Borough Council website.