The SiMBA Inverclyde Tree of Tranquillity is a special place of remembrance. Our handmade copper sculpture, installed with support from Inverclyde council, sits at the top of Gourock Park with beautiful views across the River Clyde and beyond.
The Tree of Tranquillity currently has 85 individually engraved leaves; each with a special message written by a bereaved family in memory of their baby. The ‘Halo’ is a bespoke handmade circle of steel specially designed to encircle the Inverclyde Tree of Tranquillity to protect, raise awareness, and enhance the Tree of Tranquility site.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Inverclyde Council for funding the halo with support from McGills Buses, Amazon, and the Co-op Gourock Shore Street, Gourock Cardwell Road & Greenock Eldon Street.“
Image courtesy of Lorraine Tinney @greenocktele
Shown from left to right : Sandy Easdale, MGills Buses; Gillian Maxwell and Lorna Sharples, Amazon; Councillor Lynne Quinn; Gillian Wells, SiMBA, Heather Morris and Barry Engleby, Inverclyde Council
Local mum Karyn Jenkins who was instrumental in the installation of the Tree of Tranquility, in memory of her daughter Sophie Louise told us: “The Tree of Tranquility is such an important place for us to remember our little angel and having a memorial to her so close to us that we can visit is so special. The Halo will be a fantastic addition to protect the tree for all the families who have leaves on it and to educate people about why the tree is so important to so many bereaved families. Our angels all together in one special place gives us all comfort, and means we know they are gone, but never forgotten.”
Gillian Wells, SiMBA’s Service Manager - Family Rooms and Trees of Tranquillity added: “We are so proud of our Tree of Tranquillity, for some families when they add a leaf to the tree, it is the first time that they have ever written their baby's name and it is so important for us to protect our beautiful sculpture."
Councillor Lynne Quinn, Inverclyde’s women’s champion, told us: ‘I am delighted that the halo has now been fitted to ensure the ongoing safety of the memorial tree. The tree has been a source of comfort for many families here in Inverclyde since its installation in 2020. Thanks again to Karyn for campaigning to get this tree erected, her ambition to see a local tree, in this beautiful setting, has benefitted so many bereaved families’.
Councillor Stephen McCabe, leader of Inverclyde Council, added: “We have been behind this project from day one and it is one we are very proud to support. No parent should have to go through the loss of a baby and it is important that they have a way to honour the life of their son or daughter. The addition of the halo will give added protection to the tree but, more importantly, explain what it represents and how people can request a leaf. I congratulate the work of everyone involved in creating the Inverclyde Tree of Tranquillity and for these new additions, especially Karyn Jenkins and SiMBA who have been instrumental in making it happen.”
To request a leaf for the Inverclyde Tree of Tranquility please click on the link below :