Tunbridge Wells Sands members are proud to have facilitated the construction of the beautiful Babies’ and Children’s Memorial Garden in the grounds of the Kent and Sussex Crematorium in Tunbridge Wells. It is our hope that the Garden will provide a place of peace, comfort and hope to all those affected by the loss of a much-loved baby or child.
The Garden was designed by Sands member, Panetta Horn, and was built cooperatively with the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and the Kent and Sussex Crematorium. Three years of intense fundraising by Tunbridge Wells Sands culminated in the 2006 official opening by Gloria Hunniford.
The Garden has been designed as a welcoming, friendly and comforting place. Much thought has gone into the layout and design of the plants to ensure that it looks its best no matter what the season. The centrepiece of the garden is the bespoke sculpture of two children playing together created by local artist, Ev Maynell. The words of the poem The Mention of My Child’s Name are inscribed around the walls.
Plenty of space is available for families to have a memorial plaque dedicated to their baby or child, if they so wish. A bronze plaque and fifteen year lease can be obtained from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. There is a charge, which is levied by the Council and not by Sands. If you would like further information or an application form, please contact the Kent and Sussex Crematorium stating that you would like a plaque in the Babies’ and Children’s Memorial Garden. The contact details are as follows:
Kent and Sussex Crematorium
Benhall Mill Road
Tunbridge Wells TN2 5JJ
Tunbridge Wells Sands Group extends an open invitation to bereaved parents, families and friends to visit our Garden. It is open 365 days a year during crematorium opening hours. The Crematorium is located on Benhall Mill Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5JJ.
The mention of my child’s name may bring tears to my eyes,
But it never fails to bring music to my ears.
If you are really my friend,
let me hear the music of her name.
It soothes my broken heart and sings to my soul.