Trees of Tranquility
The SiMBA Tree of Tranquillity is a stunning hand crafted, life sized sculpture, made from re-cycled metals, which has been created in response to the needs of parents. The Tree’s design is unique to SiMBA, and is adorned with individual leaves, which each represent a baby and can be engraved with a personal message. Its aim is to offer bereaved parents the opportunity to honour their baby in a simple, quiet way and will effectively ‘grow’ as leaves are added. The Tree of Tranquillity is not just for the newly bereaved but also parents who sadly lost their baby years ago and were perhaps provided with little or no recognition of their baby’s existence. The Tree will provide the means to express a private and public declaration in memory of the lost hopes and dreams for the baby. It is a beautiful symbol of remembrance.
One of SiMBA’s aims is to have a Tree of Tranquillity in every maternity district so that anyone who has ever suffered the loss of a baby has an opportunity to attach their leaf to a Tree close to their home.
SiMBA, at your request, shall send you a leaf for any of the Tree of Tranquillities, which you can then have engraved and return to us in the envelope we provide. Leaves are periodically added to the Tree.
The Edinburgh & Lothian’s Tree of Tranquillity
The home for the first SiMBA Tree of Tranquillity is within Saughton Winter Gardens, off Balgreen Road, Edinburgh, EH12. This is a peaceful setting with the Water of Leith running along the southern boundary. The location benefits from being surrounded by a perimeter wall and the Gardens are locked at night for security. It is a place where parents can visit to share thoughts and have quiet moments to reflect.
“It was great to go to the Winter Gardens and see the Tree there. I guess the visit showed us we were not alone and that others had been through this difficult time”.
Saughton Winter Gardens opening times
10:00-13.30 – Monday
10:00-15:30 – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
12:00-15:00 – Saturday & Sunday
Please note that the Garden is shut for 2 weeks over Christmas and New Year in line with Council holidays.
Leaves are attached to the Edinburgh Tree at the beginning of April & October; you shall be informed by email/post when your leaf has been attached to the Tree. The leaves can be returned at any time and kept safely by SiMBA until the next attachment date.
Borders Tree of Tranquillity
SiMBA’s Tree of Tranquillity was organised by the charity in close association with Scottish Borders Council. The site at Old Gala House, 3 Scott Crescent, Galashiels, TD1 3JU, has been chosen due to its easy accessibility, central secure location and beauty. Old Gala House also has the added benefit of a caretaker in residence, car parking and toilet facilities. The gardens are open all year round.
We worked very closely with Scottish Borders Council to bring the Tree of Tranquillity to the region. The Council’s support and understanding has been invaluable and bereaved parents will now be offered the opportunity to remember their baby within this tranquil setting. Sometimes quiet, shared actions, such as placing a leaf on the tree, can say more and be more meaningful than words.
Councillor Len Wyse, SBC’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, added: “Council officers have spent quite some time finding just the right location for this very special sculpture. It was essential that we found somewhere tranquil, not in a cemetery, where parents and families can grieve with a degree of privacy.”
Reverend Ron Dick from the Borders General Hospital said “In all my working life the most difficult experiences are working with families who have lost a baby either during pregnancy or shortly after birth. I know how important it is for a family to acknowledge their baby and I think it is wonderful to have this tree where mum’s, dads and grandparent’s can come and do what they need to do. We are very fortunate to have this in the Scottish Borders.”
When we receive your leaf you shall be informed by email/letter when we plan to attach your leaf to the Tree. You shall also be informed when your leaf has been attached to the Tree.
Inverness Tree of Tranquillity
The Tree of Tranquillity is the stunning centre-piece of the ‘Memory Garden’ area which was opened in July 2012 as the result of magnificent collaboration between the Floral Hall & Training Centre and the SiMBA charity. The tree itself is a stunning hand crafted life sized sculpture that is made out of recycled materials and has attracted considerable interest from the press, television and of course, from our many visitors.
The Floral Hall & Training Centre
Inverness, Inverness-Shire IV3 5SS
- By Car – The Floral Hall is opposite the Inverness Leisure Centre – just follow the road signs. Free parking.
- On Foot – A 30 minute walk from the City Centre along the beautiful West Bank of the River Ness – just follow the signs
- By Bus – From Church Street in the City Centre, buses leave every 20 minutes.
The tree has been created in response to the needs of parents that have lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy or close to the time of birth. Leaves can be personally engraved and added and so the tree shall effectively ‘grow.’ The tree is not just for the recently bereaved but for those who sadly lost their baby years ago.