Memorial garden opened at Aden

FOUNDER MEMBERS OF SANDS PETERHEAD AND FRASERBURGH CAROLINE IRVINE (L) AND HEATHER TURRIFF BESIDE THE COMMEMORATIVE STONE IN THE NEW GARDEN AT ADEN PARK. (BUCHAN/BROWN)

FOUNDER MEMBERS OF SANDS PETERHEAD AND FRASERBURGH CAROLINE IRVINE (L) AND HEATHER TURRIFF BESIDE THE COMMEMORATIVE STONE IN THE NEW GARDEN AT ADEN PARK. (BUCHAN/BROWN)

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a new memorial garden has been opened for families who have lost babies.

The Peterhead and Fraserburgh group of the Still-Birth and Neonatal Death charity (SANDS) built the garden for families who have experienced the death of a baby, as a place to go to and remember their loved ones.

The tranquil garden opened at Aden Country Park, Mintlaw, on Sunday, November 4 and was attended by over 100 people.

It features shrubs, flowers and seating as well as a centrepiece memorial stone sculpted into the SANDS symbol - an eye with a teardrop which has a baby within it. The stone was created by Bon Accord Granite.

Plans for the garden took six years to get off the ground. Aberdeenshire Council sold the ground to the group and made ideas for the garden as well as planting the flowers there.

The plans really got a move on within the past year with work beginning on the garden and the stone sculpture was created.

Speaking to the Buchanie, SANDS member Heather Turriff said: ”This is something we have wanted to do for a long time.

“I didn’t just want to do this for SANDS, it is for myself and for those who don’t have a gravestone or have moved away from an area to go to and remember.

“It was emotional but I am really delighted we managed to bring our plans into fruition.”

Heather would like to thank all those who have donated to SANDS over the years and those who helped to make the garden possible.

SANDS is a national charity that supports anyone effected by the death of a baby and promotes research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.