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Latest Garden of Love and Remembrance

Under normal circumstances, the Willow Wood gardens would be thrown open at this time of the year with crowds flocking to see the gardens lit up with Christmas lights, to enjoy a glass of mulled wine with a delicious home-made mince pie, to view the Book of Memories and to see the stars hanging on the illuminated Christmas trees in our multi-faith prayer room, each one inscribed with the name of a loved one.

Our gardens hold so many memories; we know that our supporters look forward to being able to spend time in them, whether to look at the lights and remember happy times or to sit in quiet contemplation and think of loved ones. Knowing that, this year we have introduced two new ways to remember special people, both centred around our gardens.

As part of our Light Up A Life, we are offering you the opportunity to purchase a beautiful Memory Star as a symbol of enduring love. This 50cm high metal star has a hollow stem where you can place a handwritten message and there is space for a small photo at its heart. The Willow Wood team of volunteer gardeners are hard at work creating a tranquil space where these can be sited among winter planting. Following the Christmas season you will be able to take these home to treasure, although of course they can be taken straight away if preferred.

The Memory Star is part of our Christmas Light Up A Life, and will only be in our gardens for a short period. However, if you would like something a little more permanent, we have our Memory Stones. Beautifully engraved with the name of your loved one, these will be respectfully sited in our garden’s central water feature. The benches which surround the feature have long been a place for families to sit and reflect and we’re hoping that, sooner rather than later, we will be able to invite people back into our garden so it can become once again a place of love and remembrance.

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