The Sands Garden Day and Remembrance Event is an annual event held at the National Memorial Arboretum, offering anyone affected by the death of a baby the opportunity to meet with others in a peaceful atmosphere. Details of the 2019 event will be released here in due course. The service will be followed by a short dedication in the Sands garden.
If you were unable to attend the event please feel free to leave a message in memory of a baby on our Memory Tree.
You can view photos of the event in 2018 on our Facebook page.
The Sands Garden is dedicated to the memory of all babies who have died. At the heart of the garden is a Portland stone sculpture of a baby, created by the respected sculptor John Roberts, and adults and children are encouraged to sit and touch it. There are also two beautiful handmade oak benches.
Families are invited to write their baby’s name or a short message on stones or pebbles. Small, flat stones will be made available on the day which you can write using an indelible marker pen. You can then place your stone at the side of the path that leads into the garden. Alternatively, you are welcome to bring your own stone; all we ask is that it is no more than 7cm in diameter. Please do not leave any other objects or items other than stones in the Sands garden.
The service will be held in the Sands Marquee within the Arboretum. There will be signposts to the Sands Marquee, alternatively the people at Arboretum reception will direct you.
The National Memorial Arboretum is open all year round from 9am until dusk (except Christmas Day).
Address: Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR,
Telephone: 01283 792 333
About Sands Garden
The Sands Garden at the National Memorial Arboretum was established in 2000 and is dedicated to the memory of all babies who have died. It is a tranquil place where families can remember their own baby in peace and is open all year round (except Christmas day).
The garden was originally inspired by Alison and Jon Stokes whose baby son Jack was stillborn.
At the heart of the garden is a Portland stone sculpture of a baby, created by the respected sculptor John Roberts. It has been designed in a way that encourages adults and children to sit and touch it. The Sands garden also includes two beautiful handmade oak benches on which parents and families can sit and reflect.
The paths within the garden are lined with stones or pebbles on which families have written their baby’s name or a short message. If you would like to visit and write on a stone in memory of your baby then please bring an indelible marker along with you in order to this. Alternatively you can add your own stone but please use one that is no bigger than 7cms diameter and write on it with indelible markers.
If you'd like to attend the annual Sands Remembrance event and Garden Open Day held each June at the Arboretum, details for 2019's event will be released here in due course.