Lynchmere garden for loved ones

Sally Bourne and Sylvia McCallum open Amanda's Garden in the Lynchmere burial ground
Sally Bourne and Sylvia McCallum open Amanda's Garden in the Lynchmere burial ground

A SPECIAL woodland memorial garden was opened in a secluded part of the Lynchmere burial ground for those whose loved ones have no identifiable resting place.

The new area is called Amanda’s Garden and has been planned, built and paid for by the family of Amanda Lett and Lynchmere Parish Council.

Amanda died in 2010 but while she wanted her ashes to be scattered in a place that was very special to her, Amanda’s family wanted and needed a place to go where they could remember her. The idea of a woodland memorial garden was conceived, and together her family and the parish council chose the spot.

Amanda’s husband David and their children, Phoebe, Naomi and Caspar raised the money and planned the garden with the help of Amanda’s parents, Sally and John Bourne.

Now a secluded semi-circle of lawn, with a low bank behind planted with Himalayan birch, Solomon seal and other plants, and several benches, allows all those who want peace and quiet to come. A small opening ceremony was held with Sally and Sylvia McCallum cutting a ribbon before toasting the family.