Ashford Baby Memorial Garden

We created the Ashford Baby Memorial Garden was in 2013 after local volunteers raised around £30,000.  It is unique being the only Baby Memorial Garden right in a town centre, fully accessible to everyone.  It is a lovely place to sit and remember our special babies and also somewhere that helps raise awareness of the fact that 15 babies a day are dying, with one every five days in East Kent alone.

As well as being a special focal point for us, we also use the Garden for our annual Wave of Light event (always on 15 October from 7-8pm) and our annual Teddy Bears Picnic in July. Everyone is welcome to join us for these events. 

The centrepiece of the garden is our mosaic created by local people which is surrounded by 200 name stones, each remembering one of our babies. We have now created an additional vertical panel for future name tiles and these continue to be available at a one off cost of £40.  Please click the link below to the order form. 

We are happy to take orders for nametiles with payment in installments or at a later date. 

We want to keep the tiles as simple as possible, so only the Baby’s name and a date can be engraved.  We are limited to 20 character spaces for the name and where a name was not given, an option is to have ‘Baby Surname’. We can accommodate only one date but it is up to you which date you choose. 

Feel free to call us on 01233 643 976 if you would like to discuss options or have any queries. To order a nametile, please click the link below to download a copy of our Name Tile flyer and our Name Tile order form Alternatively, please email the details to us using our 'contact us' page.  But please remember the limit on the number of characters!  If you would like to pay on line for a name tile, please use the following details - Account Name SANDS - EAST KENT  Sort code 30-90-69 Account number 36492560 PLEASE NOTE, THESE ARE NEW BANK DETAILS FROM 1 JANUARY 2019.

See recent press report on the opening of the new name area.

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Teddy Bear's Picnic Sunday 8 July 2018

The cut-off dates for us to receive orders are the 15th of February, May, August and November each year so please order in plenty of time.

Wave of Light

Each year, on 15 October, across the world people light a candle for one hour - from 7pm to 8pm - to remember our special babies and with the different time zones this creates a 'wave of light' around the world.  We take part in the Wave of Light with a special event at the Ashford Baby Memorial Garden where over 200 people get together  to remember their babies and to show that none of us are alone.  The evening consists of some lovely poems and readings, some gentle music and, most poignantly, reading out the names of nearly 250 babies, each and every one so special.  Some photos are on the photos page and further information will be available nearer the time but meanwhile please look at the Wave of Light flier and at the Wave of Light programme for 2017.

Other local Gardens

Although ours is unique in many ways, there are also a number of other baby gardens elsewhere in Kent.  Those we are aware of are the Making Miracles garden in Rochester, the Devlins Babies Garden in Folkestone, and the Tunbridge Wells Sands garden in the Tunbridge Wells Crematorium.  Many, but not all, crematorium also have special baby areas. Please contact them direct for further information.

Creating the Ashford Baby Memorial Garden

For anyone interested in how we set up the garden, perhaps groups planning something similar elsewhere, we have produced a report on how we created the Ashford Baby Memorial Garden which may be of interest.