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The Sands Garden Remembrance Service 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. This years’ service starts at 2pm on Saturday, 10th June 2017.

 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 7cms 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. 

You are welcome to arrive from 12pm. The café on site serves food and refreshments or you may bring a picnic. Feel free to mix with other families, but equally there are plenty of tranquil spots where you can spend a quiet moment.

The National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR, t: 01283 792 333, is open all year round from 9am until dusk (except Christmas day).