Baby Ashes: Work Starts On Memorial

Work on a walled Memorial Garden at Mortonhall Crematorium in Edinburgh is due to start today.


Parents were asked to choose between four different designs which aimed to provide a private and peaceful place for personal contemplation.

It's after the baby ashes scandal - where the families of dead babies were wrongly told there were no ashes after the cremation process.

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.

Some families are not happy with the memorial being built at the place which has so many bad memories for them.

Heart spoke to Willie Reid from Bathgate, who lost his baby daughter Donna in 1988.

He says he changed his mind over the site of the garden: "At the beginning I said no, I never want to go back to Mortonhall. But on reflection, if there was going to be a memorial, it's only right that my daughter is part of that."

A second memorial is planned in Princes Street Gardens.

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